17 JUNE 2019
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A film buff as well as travel fanatic, BTN editor Richard Cawthorne was delighted to have a chance on his latest Florida trip to explore the British-built vessel that starred in the Humphrey Bogart classic The African Queen.
It’s moored at Key Largo. The film was made in the then-Belgian Congo and Bogart won the 1951 Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Charlie Allnut.
In a reminder of the hazards of travel, almost everyone in the cast except Bogart and director John Huston came down with dysentery while filming.
As Bogart put it in his Oscar acceptance speech: “All I ate was baked beans, canned asparagus and Scotch whisky. Whenever a fly bit Huston or me, it dropped dead.”
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