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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
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John Huston
Humphrey Bogart

Best Film
Chugging and spluttering down a Congo river like an Ant Hill Mob cast off, The African Queen seemed an unlikely candidate to steam into cinema's pantheon. It did, and not just because of Bogie's rapport with his director, but that glorious mismatch chemistry with Katharine Hepburn's prim Brit, the crackle of James Agee's script and Jack Cardiff's Technicolored cinematography.
Notable Pairings
The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, The African Queen

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
They don't make 'em like they used to - bad news for Hollywood's liquor sellers as well as audiences. Hard-living, big drinking and larger than life, Bogart and Huston were kindred spirits on and off screen. Their careers followed twin trajectories and it was Huston who delivered the eulogy at Bogie's funeral, describing the out-spoken actor as the provocateur who kept Hollywood honest.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
Ever ambitious, Huston made adaptions of Moby Dick and The Red Badge Of Courage, great American novels that didn't quite translate into great American movies. He also made his mark as a brilliant scriptwriter and actor, most notably as the perma-creepy Noah Cross in Chinatown. Bogart, meanwhile, played a series of noble, noirish antiheroes for Howard Hawks (The Big Sleep, To Have And Have Not) and Michael Curtiz (Casablanca). His partnership with Lauren Bacall worked out ok too.

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