Ten Valuable The African Queen (1951) Movie Posters & Collectibles
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Ten Valuable The African Queen (1951) Movie Posters & Collectibles

John Huston's The African Queen premiered on December 23, 1951, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Valuable The African Queen movie memorabilia includes one sheet, insert and half sheet posters, movie stills, lobby cards and British, German and Danish movie posters.

United Artists' The African Queen came chugging into movie theaters in 1951. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull and Theodore Bikel. The African Queen features Bogie as Charlie Allnut, a grubby, boozing tramp riverboat captain who is persuaded to undertake a dangerous mission by Hepburn's Rose Sayer during World War I. The African Queen premiered in Los Angeles on December 23, 1951, earning four Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Actor (Bogart, won), Best Actress (Hepburn) and Best Screenplay (James Agee, John Huston).

Here are ten valuable The African Queen movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest Bogie/Hepburn fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "Well, I ain't sorry for you no more, you crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!" - Humphrey Bogart's Charlie Allnut to Katharine Hepburn's Rose Sayer

The African Queen One Sheet Movie Poster 

A restored one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine- condition on linen sold at auction for $1,195. The African Queen is based on the novel of the same by C.S. Forester. The movie is set in German East Africa in 1914.

The African Queen one sheet poster $1,195

The African Queen Insert Movie Poster

An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in fine+ condition brought $657.25 at auction.

The African Queen Six Sheet Movie Poster

A huge six sheet movie poster (81x81-inches) in fine+ condition sold at auction for $1,493.75. John Mills as Charlie Allnut and Bette Davis as missionary Rose Sayer? They were among producers' first choices.

The African Queen six sheet poster $1,493.75

The African Queen British Front of House Movie Still

A British front of house color movie still (8x10-inches) featuring Bogie in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $113.53.

The African Queen Half Sheet Style A Movie Poster

A half sheet style A movie poster (22x28-inches) in fine+ condition brought $119.50 at auction. There was more than a little drinking on The African Queen set, with director John Huston and Humphrey Bogart leading the way with Scotch whiskey. As a protest to the excess imbibing, Katharine Hepburn drank only water.

The African Queen Danish Movie Poster

A Danish movie poster (24x33-inches) in fine condition sold at auction for $84. The African Queen debuted in Denmark on October 9, 1952.

The African Queen Danish poster $84

The African Queen Three Sheet Movie Poster

A three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in fine- condition brought $1,673 at auction. The African Queen was filmed on location in Africa, proving to be a rough shoot with many cast and crew members sick much of the time.

The African Queen Window Card

A window card (14x22-inches) in fine+ condition sold at auction for $334.60. Window cards were displayed in businesses.

The African Queen British Quad Review Style Movie Poster

A British quad review style movie poster (30x40-inches) in very fine condition fetched a top bid of $191.20 at auction. The African Queen marked the film debut of noted character actor Theodore Bikel, who played the first officer.

The African Queen 1975 German A1 Reissue Movie Poster

A 1975 German A1 reissue movie poster (27x39-inches) in very fine- condition sold at auction for $51. The African Queen encountered difficulties at the Berlin Film Festival in 1952 when Berlin's film trade union requested that the movie be withdrawn because of its "anti-German tendencies." 

The African Queen 1975 German A1 poster $51

The African Queen Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: The African Queen lobby card (11x14-inches) featuring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in very fine condition $239

Copyright © 2011 William J. Felchner

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Comments (2)
Carolyn Smith

Hi, My brother has a canvas poster, (possibly oil painted) of The African Queen with Bogart and Hepburn. It is not in a frame. I was wondering if it is a collectors item or not and what could it possibly be worth. Thank you for your time and have a great day. Carolyn Smith

@Carolyn. It would be difficult to determine exactly what you have without a photo and the poster's dimensions. There are original The African Queen posters, reissue posters, limited edition posters, reproductions, etc. A collector or dealer would probably have to examine it in person.