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theartsdesk Q&A: Script Supervisor Angela Allen | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Script Supervisor Angela Allen

theartsdesk Q&A: Script Supervisor Angela Allen

John Huston's right-hand woman recalls The African Queen and other journeys in film

Angela Allen: A link with the golden age of HollywoodElliott Erwitt

The credits unfold against a backdrop of a tall, exotic plant, down whose length the camera slowly pans. The African Queen, in glorious Technicolor, based on a novel by CS Forrester, directed by John Huston, shot by Jack Cardiff, starring two of the great names of the cinematic age. Katharine Hepburn, the female face of the screwball comedy, and Humphrey Bogart, the hardbitten star of Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. If you’re reading carefully, you’ll note that the credit for continuity goes to Angela Allen. Sixty years later, I sit in a cinema in Soho with Angela Allen and watch The African Queen.

Everybody always hopes the film is going to be good or be liked but you have no idea how good it’s going to be

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