Laetitia went with Granny to see John Houston’s 1951 film, The African Queen, based on a novel with the same name by C. S. Forrester. Set in German East Africa at the advent of World War I and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, it was immensely popular but censors hated it because of the premarital liaison between the Rose, the chaste missionary and the crusty gin-soaked boat captain, Charlie Allnut. It was filmed during a time when married couples couldn’t be shown in bed together in movies or on television.
In The African Queen, the sweet sin
That led to the censors’ chagrin
Was a prenuptial rut,
Rose with Charlie Allnut,
The boat’s captain who relished his gin.