Cinema: The New Pictures, Feb. 25, 1952

The African Queen (Horizon; United Artists) is the name of a leaky, 30-ft. steam launch that wheezes along a remote little river in German East Africa, delivering mail and supplies. When World War I begins to creep into the jungle, Skipper Humphrey Bogart noses his boat into a quiet backwater, intending to sit out the fighting with a case or two of Gordon's gin. But he takes on an unwelcome passenger, Katharine Hepburn, a prissy, "skinny old maid" who has other ideas. Determined to strike a blow for King, country and her dead missionary brother, Hepburn browbeats Bogart into running the...

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