The African Queen (1977 film)

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The African Queen
Based onThe African Queen
by C. S. Forester
Screenplay byIrving Gaynor Neiman
Directed byRichard C. Sarafian
Composer(s)John Murtaugh
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Mark Carliner
Producer(s)Len Kaufman
Production location(s)Everglades
CinematographyJames Pergola
Running time50 minutes
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 18, 1977 (1977-03-18)

The African Queen is a television film which aired on CBS on March 18, 1977. It stars Warren Oates as Captain Charlie Allnut and Mariette Hartley as Rose Sayer, reprising roles originated by Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in the 1951 film of the same name.[2] Rather than being a remake, the plot continues after the events of the original story, with Allnut and Sayer being recaptured by the Germans and forced to transport a 75mm cannon.[3]


Television critic Cecil Smith described the film's concept as "maybe the silliest in the history of the medium." Variety opined that the leads "Both turn in pro jobs but are necessarily haunted by their predecessors."[2]

Though intended to be a pilot for a television series, it received disappointing ratings and was not picked up.[2][4]


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (November 6, 2008). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). McFarland. p. 19. ISBN 9780786486410. Retrieved February 6, 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c Compo, Susan (April 17, 2009). Warren Oates: A Wild Life. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 354–355. ISBN 9780813173320. Retrieved February 6, 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Plot sinks with 'African Queen'". La Crosse Tribune. Associated Press. March 18, 1977. p. 16. Retrieved February 6, 2017 – via
  4. ^ Winfrey, Lee (March 18, 1977). "'African Queen' Triumphs As A 'Busted Pilot'". The Baltimore Sun. p. 18. Retrieved April 3, 2019 – via

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