The African Queen

Continuity mistake: When Charlie Allnut grabs a bottle of gin from the box, all the bottles in it are wrapped with paper for transport. But when Rose Sayer takes the bottles out of the box to empty them into the river, the paper is gone (from the movements of her hand/wrist, you can tell that she doesn't unwrap the paper from the bottles).

Continuity mistake: In the scene where there is a terrific storm while Bogart and Hepburn are asleep, Bogart gets extremely wet before being invited into the shelter by Hepburn. Upon entering the shelter and lying down to sleep, Bogart's blanket is perfectly dry.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn are taking a bath in the river, Katharine starts off looking as if she is bathing fully undressed. As she climbs into the boat, however, she is clearly seen with a full set of underclothing that includes shoulder straps which were not there earlier.

Continuity mistake: When Rose and Charlie are getting married on the Louisa, one camera view of the couple shows a small island in the background, about 50 yards off the port side. The island stays in the exact same place in all subsequent shots from that angle, indicating that the ship is stationary. When they cut to shots looking towards the bow of the Louisa bearing down on the capsized African Queen, it is traveling at a good pace, as evidenced by the bow wake.

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Continuity mistake: When the African Queen finally passes the fort, in the final few seconds you can see somebody standing in the back of the boat. Both Charlie and Rosie are still crouched down low in the next shot.

Continuity mistake: Once Rose has put up the Union Jack flag, Charlie tells her "You'll wait for me on the East shore." The sentence is across two shots, the second part remarkably pronounced with a big cigar between Mr. Bogart's lips. It just was not there before. (01:31:15)

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Continuity mistake: Rose offers Charlie to help with the propeller. He says "Here goes" and motions to go back underwater. Katharine Hepburn's hands are on the vertical supports sticking out. Not a moment has passed (you hear the plop of him actually submerging) and in this new reverse shot her hands are by those same supports, not on them. (01:07:15)

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Continuity mistake: When the Germans at the fort fire the first shot, Bogart is ducking while Katharine Hepburn is sticking her head out, hand on the edge of the boat. Immediately after that, she is shown ducked down and with her hand closer instead. (00:51:05)

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Continuity mistake: During the conversation on the porch that follows Samuel Sayer's death, Katharine Hepburn is obviously lit differently depending on the camera angle; in close-ups her chest is fully shadowed, while in the wider angles (with Bogey in frame or not), light reaches the first button of her dress. (00:17:25)

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Continuity mistake: After the death of her brother, Katharine Hepburn is sitting on the porch. The knitting kit on the table is showing some blue fabric peeking off the lid, and there's a reel next to it. In the close-up that follows, white fabric is showing (the blue one is on the opposite side, barely visible) and the distance of the reel has changed. (00:16:20)

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Continuity mistake: The reverend shoves aside a German officer and gets smacked in the face with a rifle. Robert Morley sports heavy blue makeup, a not-so-believable instant ecchymosis. In the next scene the village ruins are still smoking, but his face is clean; the bad bruise and little cut on the lip have vanished without a trace. (00:12:00)

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Continuity mistake: The reverend and his sister get on their knees to pray for England as Allnut leaves with the news of war. Reverend Sayer has his jacket unbuttoned; hearing the shout from the villager announcing the Germans' arrival, his blazer is suddenly buttoned up when he rushes to talk to him. (00:11:00)

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Continuity mistake: Allnut is having his gin waving the bottle under Rose's nose; as he asks "You're gonna have one, Miss?" there's a close-up of Katharine Hepburn' holding the handkerchief to her face, unlike the previous and following shot. (00:29:30)

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Continuity mistake: Everything is suspiciously dry under the little makeshift tent Rose closed with her clothes, including the floor she sleeps on. When she opens the umbrella to repair Mr. Allnutt, it's wet already. (00:37:05)

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Continuity mistake: Rose calls a drunk Charlie "a coward." He turns around, and you can see the difference in the way he wears his ascot, way wide on his right side of the neck, as opposed to before. (00:42:10)

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Continuity mistake: After crossing the first rapids, Humphrey Bogart's shirt appears to be mostly wet in the back. When he talks to Miss Sayer, it's the front of it soaking wet. (00:39:15)

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Continuity mistake: At the end of Rose's prayer next to the feverish Charlie in the muddy boat, in the overhead shot that follows, the dirt on Katherine Hepburn's face is different. (01:21:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Bogart responds "The Louisa, miss?!" to Rose's idea of torpedoing it, he is suddenly with his right fist in the air instead of clutching the other wrist. (00:25:05)

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Revealing mistake: When the boat is supposedly surrounded by a swarm of flies, they're really just relatively few flies trapped between two panes of glass in front of the camera lens. Evidence: whenever the camera moves, the "swarm" moves with it against the background, and you can even see some of the insects walking on the surface of the glass.

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Rose Sayer: Dear Lord, We've come to the end of our journey, and in a little while we'll stand before you. I pray for you to be merciful. Judge us not for our weaknesses, but for our love and open the doors of heaven for Charlie and me.

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Trivia: Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar for his performance as Charlie Allnut in this film.

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