Lauren Bacall famously ventured along for the filming in Africa to be with husband Humphrey Bogart. This also marked the beginning of her life-long friendship with Katharine Hepburn. The African Queen sank and had to be raised twice during filming of the movie. Lauren Bacall quoted "The natives had been told to watch it and they did. They watched it sink."
The African Queen was played by the LS Livingston, which had been a working steamboat for 40 years. It is now docked next to the Holiday Inn in Key Largo, Florida, just off US Highway 1.
The American Film Institute ranked African Queen as the #17 Greatest Movie of All Time (1998),
#14 100 Passions (2002), #48 100 Cheers (2006).
In a February 1952 New York Times article, John Huston said he hired local natives to help the crew, but many would not show up for fear that the filmmakers were cannibals.
According to United Artists press materials and John Huston's autobiography, the director built a camp to house the cast and crew in Biondo, outside the town of Stanleyville. It included a bar, a restaurant and several one-room bungalows.
Because the boat used in the film was too small to carry cameras and equipment, portions of the boat were reproduced on a large raft, in order to shoot close-ups of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Interior and water-tank scenes were filmed in London, as were most of the scenes containing secondary characters.
While filming the scene where Charlie finds his body covered with leeches, Humphrey Bogart insisted on using rubber leeches. John Huston refused, and brought a leech-breeder to the London studio with a tank full of them. It made Bogart queasy and nervous, qualities Huston wanted for his close-ups. Ultimately, rubber leeches were placed on Bogart, and a close-up of a real leech was shot on the breeder's chest.
During the filming of The African Queen (1951), Bacall and Bogart became friends of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
This is the role that won Humphrey Bogart the only Oscar of his career.
The African Queen was filming in more locations: Shepperton Studios (UK), Biondo (Democratic Republic Of Congo), Iverson Ranch (Chatsworth, Los Angeles, US), Kabalega Falls (Uganda), Lake Albert (Uganda), London (UK), Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (California, US), Los Angeles (US), Murchison Falls (Uganda), Ponthierville Falls (Democratic Republic Of Congo), Port Butiaba (Uganda), Ruiki River (Democratic Republic Of Congo).
Map from movie with Ulanga River and Bora River
Kabalega Falls (Uganda)
Lake Albert (Uganda)
Ponthierville Falls photo
Murchison Falls photo
Shepperton Studios (Uk) in the late 1960s
African Queen at Key Largo Holiday Inn, Florida
You can also watch the others African Queen movie parts: part 1 (in addition with pictures), part 2 (in addition with cast and crew), part 3 (in addition with story), part 4 (in addition with characters), part 5 (in addition with reviews), part 7 (in addition with songs and lyrics), part 8 (in addition with quotes)