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The African Queen / Horizon Pictures presents a Horizon-Romulus production ; produced by Sam Spiegel ; adapted for the screen by James Agee & John Huston ; directed by John Huston ; distributed by Madison Reports and Releasing Corp.


At the start of World War I, German imperial troops burn down a mission in Africa. The mission's reverend was so overtaken with disappointment that he passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, the 'African Queen' steamboat. The boat is manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie. Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and an endlessly branching stream which always seems to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite their opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.

Record details

  • ISBN: 1415719349
  • ISBN: 9781415719343
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount DVD, [2010]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1951.
Based on the novel by C.S. Forester.
Special features: "Embracing chaos: making the African Queen" featurette.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Jack Cardiff ; editor, Ralph Kemplen ; music, Allan Gray.
Participant or Performer Note:
Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Theodore Bikel, Peter Bull, Walter Gotell, Peter Swanwick, Richard Marner.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA: Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital.
Language Note:
Closed-captioned. Languages: English (mono), French (mono), Spanish (mono) ; subtitles: English, French or Spanish.
Awards Note:
Academy Award for Best Actor (Bogart).
Subject: Steamboats > Africa > Drama.
Steamboats > Passenger accommodation > Drama.
Bachelors > Africa > Drama.
Man-woman relationships > Africa > Drama.
World War, 1914-1918 > Campaigns > Africa > Drama.
Warships > Drama.
Genre: Action and adventure films.
Romance films.
War films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Fiction films.

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Allentown Public Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Allentown Public Library DVD AFRI (Text) 34455005486622 Adult DVD Fiction Available -

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