Movies & Actors – Humphrey Bogart – L E’s Stories Special – “Just Say Bogie, That Says It All…..”I Gave Up Drinking Once….It Was The Worst Afternoon of My Life” – Tribute To Silver Screen Legend Humphrey Bogart

When I was about to turn 10 years old in January of 1957, the brightest star in Hollywood was known simply as “Bogie”…..when on January 14, 1957 Humphrey Bogart died of cancer unexpectedly at age 58…..and movie fans all over lost their favorite “tough guy of the Silver Screen”.  I remember the day vividly, because it was my Mother’s birthday…..but Bogie death stole the celebration of joy from her birthday….cuz she was a huge “Bogart and Bacall” fan.  Albeit I have always been a huge movie buff…..I was actually 16 years old (1959) before I became a ‘Bogie fan’…..and that was simply because my parents would not let me watch any of his ‘gangster movies’ until I turned 16…..so, it was a couple of years after his death that I began to love the characters that Bogie played…..with such great lines as “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” from the movie Casablanca…..or “When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses.” as Frank McCloud in Key Largo…..plus “Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse.”…..along with “That dame is too uptight. What she needs is a good screw from a man who knows how to do it.” while talking about Bette Davis…..not to mention, “I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.” while speaking as Dixon Steele from the movie “In A Lonely Place”…..and of course, “Here’s Looking At You, Kid” as Rick Blaine in Casablanca…..but my favorite of all time is “Nothing beats making love. It’s the most fun you can have without laughing.”…..cuz when you think about it….it’s true!!! 



Movie & Actors – 1899 To 1957 – Documentary Special – “Bogart:  Here’s Looking At You, Kid”


Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957), nicknamed Bogie, was an American film and stage actor. His performances in Classical Hollywood cinema films made him an American cultural icon.  In 1999, the American Film Institute selected Bogart as the greatest male star of classic American cinema.



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Bogart began acting in Broadway shows, beginning his career in motion pictures with Up the River in 1930 for Fox…..and appeared in supporting roles for the next decade…..while regularly portraying gangsters.  He was praised for his work as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest in 1936…..but remained cast secondary to other actors at Warner Bros…..who received leading roles.  Bogart also received positive reviews for his performance as gangster Hugh “Baby Face” Martin, in Dead End in 1937….. which was directed by William Wyler.



Movie – 1936 – A Film7art Special – Movie “The Petrified Forrest” Official Trailer – Starring Leslie Howard & Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                       


Movie – 1937 – Oscar Movie Trailers Special – Movie “Dead End” Official Trailer – Starring Joel McCreay & Humphrey Bogart


His breakthrough from supporting roles to stardom was set in motion with High Sierra in 1941…..and then catapulted in The Maltese Falcon in 1941…..which is  considered one of the first great noir films.  Bogart’s private detectives, Sam Spade (in The Maltese Falcon) and Philip Marlowe (in 1946’s The Big Sleep), became the models for detectives in other noir films.  His most significant romantic lead role was with Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca   in 1942, which earned him his 1st nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor…..when soon thereafter, a 44-year old Bogart and 19-year-old Lauren Bacall fell in love during filming of To Have and Have Not in 1944.  In 1945, a few months after principal photography for The Big Sleep, their 2nd film together, he divorced his 3rd wife and married Bacall.  After their marriage, they played each other’s love interest in the mystery thrillers Dark Passage in 1947 and Key Largo in 1948.                                                                

Movie – 1941 – Rotten Tomatoes Classic Trailers Special – Movie “High Sierra” Official Trailer – Starring Ida Lupino & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                                                                              


Movie – 1941 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “The Maltese Falcon” Official Trailer – Starring Sydney Greenstreet & Mary Astor & Peter Lorre & Humphrey Bogart                                                                         


Movie – 1946 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “The Big Sleep” Official Trailer – Starring Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                         


Movie – 1944 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “To Have and To Have Not” Official Trailer – Starring Lauren Bacall & Walter Brennan & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                              


 Movie – 1947 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “Dark Passage” Official Trailer – Starring Lauren Bacall & Walter Brennan & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                              


Movie – 1948 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie Key Largo” Official Trailer – Starring Edward G. Robinson & Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Bogart’s performances in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in 1948 and In a Lonely Place in 1950 are now considered among his best…..albeit they were not recognized as such when the films were released.  He reprised those unsettled, unstable characters as a World War II naval-vessel commander in The Caine Mutiny in 1954 …..which was a critical and commercial hit…..as well as earning him another Best Actor nomination.  He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a cantankerous river steam launch skipper opposite Katharine Hepburn’s missionary in the World War I African adventure The African Queen in 1951.  Other significant roles in his later years included The Barefoot Contessa in 1954 with Ava Gardner….. and his on-screen competition with William Holden for Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina in 1954.  A heavy smoker and drinker, Bogart died from esophageal cancer in January 1957.



Movie – 1948 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” Official Trailer – Starring Walter Huston & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                   


Movie – 1950 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “In a Lonely Place” Official Trailer – Starring Gloria Grahame & Humphrey Bogart     



Movie – 1954 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “The Caine Mutiny” Official Trailer – Starring Jose Ferrer & Van Johnson & Fred McMurray & Humphrey Bogart   



Movie – 1954 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “The Barefoot Contessa” Official Trailer – Starring Edmond O’Brien & Ava Gardner & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                             


Movie – 1954 -Rotten Tomatoes Classic Special – Movie “Sabrina” Official Trailer – Starring William Holden & Audrey Hepburn & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on Christmas Day 1899 in New York City, the eldest child of Belmont DeForest Bogart and Maud Humphrey. Belmont was the only child of the unhappy marriage of Adam Welty Bogart (a Canandaigua, New York, innkeeper) and Julia Augusta Stiles, a wealthy heiress.  The name “Bogart” derives from the Dutch surname, “Bogaert”.  Belmont and Maud married in June 1898.  He was a Presbyterian, of English and Dutch descent…..and a descendant of Sarah Rapelje (the 1st European child born in New Netherland). Maud was an Episcopalian of English heritage…..and a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland.  Humphrey was raised Episcopalian, but was non-practicing for most of his adult life.



Movies & Documentaries – 2015 – Biography Special – “Humphrey Bogart Documentary”                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The date of Bogart’s birth has been disputed. Clifford McCarty wrote that Warner Bros. publicity department had altered it to January 23, 1900 “to foster the view that a man born on Christmas Day couldn’t really be as villainous as he appeared to be on screen”.  The “corrected” January birthdate subsequently appeared—and in some cases, remains—in many otherwise-authoritative sources.  According to biographers Ann M. Sperber and Eric Lax, Bogart always celebrated his birthday on December 25 and listed it on official records (including his marriage license).



Actors & Baseball – 1941 – Film Special – “Humphrey Bogart: A Vintage Piece of Humphrey Bogart on Baseball”


Lauren Bacall wrote in her autobiography that Bogart’s birthday was always celebrated on Christmas Day, saying that he joked about being cheated out of a present every year.  Sperber and Lax noted that a birth announcement in the Ontario County Times of January 10, 1900 rules out the possibility of a January 23 birthdate; state and federal census records from 1900 also report a Christmas 1899 birthdate.  Bogart’s birth record confirms he was actually born on December 25, 1899.  Bogart’s father, was a cardiopulmonary  surgeon named Belmont…..who was married to Maud, a commercial illustrator who received her art training in New York and France, including study with James Abbott McNeill Whistler. She later became art director of the fashion magazine The Delineator and a militant suffragette.  Maud used a drawing of baby Humphrey in an advertising campaign for Mellins Baby Food.  She earned over $50,000 a year at the peak of her career…..which was  a very large sum of money at the time…..and considerably more than her husband’s $20,000.  The Bogarts lived in an Upper West Side apartment…..as well as having a cottage on a 55-acre estate on Canandaigua Lake in upstate New York.  When he was young, Bogart’s group of friends at the lake would put on plays.  He had two younger sisters: Frances (“Pat”) and Catherine Elizabeth (“Kay”).  Bogart’s parents were busy in their careers, and frequently fought.  Very formal, they showed little emotion towards their children. Maud told her offspring to call her “Maud” instead of “Mother”, and showed little, if any, physical affection for them.  When she was pleased, she “[c]lapped you on the shoulder, almost the way a man does”, Bogart recalled.  “I was brought up very unsentimentally but very straightforwardly. A kiss, in our family, was an event. Our mother and father didn’t glug over my two sisters and me.”  Bogart was teased as a boy for his curls, tidiness, the “cute” pictures his mother had him pose for, the Little Lord Fauntleroy clothes in which she dressed him, and for his first name.  He inherited a tendency to needle, a fondness for fishing, a lifelong love of boating, and an attraction to strong-willed women from his father.



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Bogart attended the private Delancey School until the fifth grade, and then attended the prestigious Trinity School.  He was an indifferent, sullen student who showed no interest in after-school activities.  Bogart later attended Phillips Academy, a boarding school to which he was admitted based on family connections. Although his parents hoped that he would go on to Yale University, Bogart left Phillips in 1918 after one semester. He failed four out of six classes.  Several reasons have been given; according to one, he was expelled for throwing the headmaster (or a groundskeeper) into Rabbit Pond on campus. Another cited smoking, drinking, poor academic performance, and (possibly) inappropriate comments made to the staff. In a third scenario, Bogart was withdrawn by his father for failing to improve his grades. His parents were deeply disappointed in their failed plans for his future.                                                                                                                                 


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With no viable career options, Bogart enlisted in the United States Navy in the spring of 1918 (during World War I), and served as a coxswain.  He recalled later, “At eighteen, war was great stuff. Paris! Sexy French girls! Hot damn!”  Bogart was recorded as a model sailor, who spent most of his sea time after the armistice ferrying troops back from Europe.  Bogart left the service on June 18, 1919 at the rank of Boatswain’s Mate Third Class.  During the Second World War, Bogart attempted to re-enlist in the Navy but was rejected due to his age. He then volunteered for the Coast Guard Temporary Reserve in 1944, patrolling the California coastline in his yacht, the Santana.



Actors & Film – 1951 – Home Movie Special – “Frank Sinatra & Humphrey Bogart: On Their Boats”


He may have received his trademark scar and developed his characteristic lisp during his naval stint. There are several conflicting stories. In one, his lip was cut by shrapnel when his ship (the USS Leviathan) was shelled. The ship was never shelled, however, and Bogart may not have been at sea before the armistice. Another story, held by longtime friend Nathaniel Benchley, was that Bogart was injured while taking a prisoner to Portsmouth Naval Prison in Kittery, Maine. While changing trains in Boston, the handcuffed prisoner reportedly asked Bogart for a cigarette. When Bogart looked for a match, the prisoner smashed him across the mouth with the cuffs (cutting Bogart’s lip) and fled before being recaptured and imprisoned. In an alternative version, Bogart was struck in the mouth by a handcuff loosened while freeing his charge; the other handcuff was still around the prisoner’s wrist.  By the time Bogart was treated by a doctor, a scar had formed. David Niven said that when he first asked Bogart about his scar, however, he said that it was caused by a childhood accident. “Goddamn doctor”, Bogart later told Niven. “Instead of stitching it up, he screwed it up.” According to Niven, the stories that Bogart got the scar during wartime were made up by the studios.  His post-service physical did not mention the lip scar, although it noted many smaller scars.  When actress Louise Brooks met Bogart in 1924, he had scar tissue on his upper lip which Brooks said Bogart may have had partially repaired before entering the film industry in 1930.[32] Brooks said that his “lip wound gave him no speech impediment, either before or after it was mended.”



Actors & Film – 1949 – Home Movie Special – “Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall: Going sailing on their Yacht, Santana”


Bogart returned home to find his father in poor health, his medical practice faltering, and much of the family’s wealth lost in bad timber investments. His character and values developed separately from his family during his navy days, and he began to rebel. Bogart became a liberal who disliked pretension phonies and snobs…..while sometimes defying conventional behavior and authority…..albeit he was also well-mannered, articulate, punctual, self-effacing and stand-offish.  After his naval service, he worked as a shipper and a bond salesman,  joining the Coast Guard Reserve.



Actors & Variety Shows – 1951 – The Ed Sullivan Show – With Ed Sullivan Interviewing Humphrey Bogart


Bogart was praised in an October 15, 1922 newspaper review of the play Swifty: “Humphrey Bogart as the erring young man, Tom Proctor, did an excellent bit of work in the main”.  Bogart resumed his friendship with Bill Brady Jr. (whose father had show-business connections)…..and obtained an office job with William A. Brady’s new World Films company.  Albeit he wanted to try his hand at screenwriting, directing, and production, he excelled at none. Bogart was stage manager for Brady’s daughter Alice’s play A Ruined Lady.  He made his stage debut a few months later as a Japanese butler in Alice’s 1921 play Drifting (nervously delivering one line of dialogue), and appeared in several of her subsequent plays.  Although Bogart had been raised to believe that acting was a lowly profession, he liked the late hours actors kept and the attention they received: “I was born to be indolent and this was the softest of rackets.”  He spent much of his free time in speakeasies, drinking heavily…..when a bar-room brawl at this time was also a purported cause of Bogart’s lip damage…..which dovetails with Louise Brooks’ account.  Preferring to learn by doing, he never took acting lessons. Bogart was persistent and worked steadily at his craft, appearing in at least 17 Broadway productions between 1922 and 1935…..when he played juveniles or romantic supporting roles in drawing-room comedies and is reportedly the 1st actor to say, “Tennis, anyone?” on stage.  According to Alexander Woollcott, Bogart “is what is usually and mercifully described as inadequate.”



Movies & Actors – 1935 To 1949 – Warner Brothers Special – “Outtakes from James Cagney & Edward G. Robinson & Humphrey Bogart”


Other critics were kinder. Heywood Broun, reviewing Nerves, wrote: “Humphrey Bogart gives the most effective performance ….. both dry and fresh, if that be possible”.  He played a juvenile lead (reporter Gregory Brown) in Lynn Starling’s comedy Meet the Wife, which had a successful 232-performance run at the Klaw Theatre from November 1923 through July 1924. Bogart disliked his trivial, effeminate early-career parts, calling them “White Pants Willie” roles.



Movie – 1953 -Retrospective Entire Movie Directed by John Huston – “Beat The Devil” – Starring Jennifer Jones & Gina Lollobrigida & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                       


While playing a double role in Drifting at the Playhouse Theatre in 1922, he met actress Helen Menken; they were married on May 20, 1926, at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Divorced on November 18, 1927, they remained friends.  Menken said in her divorce filing that Bogart valued his career more than marriage, citing neglect and abuse.  He married actress  Mary Philips on April 3, 1928, at her mother’s apartment in Hartford, Connecticut…..as Bogart and Philips had worked together in the play Nerves during its brief run at the Comedy Theatre in 1924.  Theatrical production dropped off sharply after the Wall Street Crash of 1929…..when many of the more-photogenic actors headed for Hollywood.  Bogart debuted on film with Helen Hayes in the 1928 two-reeler, The Dancing Town, a complete copy of which has not been found. He also appeared with Joan Blondell and Ruth Etting in a Vitaphone short, Broadway’s Like That in 1930…..which was rediscovered in 1963.                                                                                                               

Movies & Awards Shows – 1952 – The Academy Awards Show Special – “The Oscar for Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart for The African Queen”                                                                                                                      


Bogart signed a contract with the Fox Film Corporation for $750 a week….. where he met Spencer Tracy, a Broadway actor whom Bogart liked and admired…..as the two men became close friends and drinking companions.  In 1930, Tracy first called him “Bogey”.  Tracy made his feature film debut in his only movie with Bogart, John Ford’s early sound film Up the River (1930), in which their leading roles were as inmates. Tracy received top billing, but Bogart’s picture appeared on the film’s posters.  He was billed fourth behind Tracy, Claire Luce and Warren Hymer but his role was almost as large as Tracy’s and much larger than Luce’s or Hymer’s. A quarter of a century later, the two men planned to make The Desperate Hours together. Both insisted upon top billing, however; Tracy dropped out, and was replaced by Fredric March.



Movie – 1930 – Fox Film Corporation Entire Movie – “Up The River” – Starring Spencer Tracy & Claire Luce & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Movie – 1955 – Biggest Trailer DataBase Presents Movie “The Desperate Hours” Official Trailer – Starring Fredric March & Aurther Kennedy & Humphrey Bogart

Bogart then had a supporting role in Bad Sister in 1931 with Bette Davis. Bogart shuttled back and forth between Hollywood and the New York stage from 1930 to 1935, out of work for long periods. His parents had separated; his father died in 1934 in debt, which Bogart eventually paid off. He inherited his father’s gold ring, which he wore in many of his films. At his father’s deathbed, Bogart finally told him how much he loved him.  Bogart’s second marriage was rocky; dissatisfied with his acting career, depressed and irritable, he drank heavily.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Movie – 1931 – Clip from the Movie “Bad Sister” – Scene of Boy Meets Girl – Starring Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart


In 1934, Bogart starred in the Broadway play Invitation to a Murder at the Theatre Masque (renamed the John Golden Theatre in 1937). Its producer, Arthur Hopkins, heard the play from offstage; he sent for Bogart and offered him the role of escaped murderer Duke Mantee in Robert E. Sherwood’s forthcoming play, The Petrified Forest.  Hopkins later recalled: “When I saw the actor I was somewhat taken aback, for I realized he was the one I never much admired.  He was an antiquated juvenile who spent most of his stage life in white pants swinging a tennis raquet.  He seemed as far from a cold-blooded killer as one could get, but the voice, dry and tired, persisted, and the voice was Mantee’s. 



Movie – 1934 – “Call It Murder AKA Midnight” (Entire Film) – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Sydney Fox & O. P. Heggie – A Classic Crime Noir


The play had 197 performances at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York in 1935.  Albeit Leslie Howard was the star, The New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson said that the play was “a peach … a roaring Western melodrama … Humphrey Bogart does the best work of his career as an actor.”  Bogart said that the play “marked my deliverance from the ranks of the sleek, sybaritic, stiff-shirted, swallow-tailed ‘smoothies’ to which I seemed condemned to life.”  However, he still felt insecure. Warner Bros. bought the screen rights to The Petrified Forest in 1935.  The play seemed ideal for the studio, which was known for its socially-realistic pictures for a public entranced by real-life criminals such as John Dillinger and Dutch Schultz…..as Bette Davis and Leslie Howard were cast…..when Howard, who held the production rights, made it clear that he wanted Bogart to star with him. 



Television Movie – Entire Film – 1955 – Producer’s Showcase Presents – “The Petrified Forrest” – Starring Henry Fonda & Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart – In Bogey’s Only Dramatic Television Performance

The studio tested several Hollywood veterans for the Duke Mantee role and chose Edward G. Robinson, who had star appeal and was due to make a film to fulfill his contract.  Bogart cabled news of this development to Howard in Scotland, who replied: “Att: Jack Warner Insist Bogart Play Mantee No Bogart No Deal L.H.”. When Warner Bros. saw that Howard would not budge, they gave in and cast Bogart.  Jack Warner wanted Bogart to use a stage name, but Bogart declined having built a reputation with his name in Broadway theater.  The film version of The Petrified Forest was released in 1936.  According to Variety, “Bogart’s menace leaves nothing wanting”. Frank S. Nugent wrote for The New York Times that the actor “can be a psychopathic gangster more like Dillinger than the outlaw himself.”  The film was successful at the box office, earning $500,000 in rentals…..and it made Bogart a star.  He never forgot Howard’s favor and named his only daughter, Leslie Howard Bogart, after him in 1952.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Movie & Actors – 1936 – Clip from Movie “The Petrified Forrest” – Starring Leslie Howard & Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart – “One of Humphrey Bogart’s Best Scenes Ever”


Despite his success in The Petrified Forest (an “A movie”), Bogart signed a tepid 26-week contract at $550 per week and was typecast as a gangster in a series of B movie crime dramas.  Although he was proud of his success, the fact that it derived from gangster roles weighed on him: “I can’t get in a mild discussion without turning it into an argument. There must be something in my tone of voice, or this arrogant face—something that antagonizes everybody. Nobody likes me on sight. I suppose that’s why I’m cast as the heavy.”



Movie – Film Clip – 1942 – Warner Brothers Movie “All Through the Night” – – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Conrad Veidt & Kaaren Verne – “The Kamakase Boat Scene”


In spite of his success, Warner Bros. had no interest in raising Bogart’s profile…..while his roles were repetitive and physically demanding…..as studios were not yet air-conditioned…..and his tightly scheduled job at Warners was anything but the indolent and “peachy” actor’s life he hoped for…..albeit Bogart disliked the roles chosen for him, he worked steadily.  “In the first 34 pictures” for Warner’s, he told journalist George Frazier, “I was shot in 12, electrocuted or hanged in 8, and was a jailbird in 9”.  He averaged a film every two months between 1936 and 1940, sometimes working on two films at the same time. Bogart used these years to begin developing his film persona: a wounded, stoical, cynical, charming, vulnerable, self-mocking loner with a code of honor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Movie – Entire Film – 1951 – 20th Century Fox Movie “Deadline, U.S.A.” – A Classic Gangster Noir Film – Starring Ethyl Barrymoore & Kim Hunter & Humphrey Bogart


Amenities at Warners were few, compared to the prestigious Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Bogart thought that the Warners wardrobe department was cheap…..as he often wore his own suits in his films.  He chose his own dog named Zero, to play Pard (his character’s dog) in High Sierra.  His disputes with Warner Bros. over roles and money were similar to those waged by the studio with more established and less malleable stars such as Bette Davis and James Cagney.



Movie – 1941 – Scene from 20th Century Fox Movie “High Sierra” – Starring Ida Lupino & Humphrey Bogart – In the It’s A Deal Scene


Leading men at Warner Bros. included George Raft, James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. Most of the studio’s better scripts went to them or others, leaving Bogart with what was left: films like San Quentin in 1937…..Racket Busters in 1938…..and You Can’t Get Away with Murder in 1939…..as his only leading role during this period was in Dead End in 1937, on loan to Samuel Goldwyn), as a gangster modeled after Baby Face Nelson.           



Movie – Official Trailer – 1937 – From 20th Century Fox Movie “San Quentin” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Ann Sheridan & Pat O’Brian                                                                                                                                        


Movie – Movie Clips – 1938 – From 20th Century Fox Movie “Racket Busters” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & George Brent & Gloria Dickson & Allen Jenkins                                                                                                           


Movie – Official Trailer – 1939 –  Warner Archive Movie “You Can’t Get Away With Murder” – Starring Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Bogart played violent roles so often that in Nevil Shute’s 1939 novel, What Happened to the Corbetts, the protagonist replies “I’ve seen Humphrey Bogart with one often enough”…..when asked if he knows how to operate an automatic weapon.  Albeit, he played a variety of supporting roles in films such as Angels with Dirty Faces in 1938…..whereas, Bogart’s roles were either rivals of characters played by Cagney and Robinson or a secondary member of their gang.  In Black Legion in 1937 …..which was a movie Graham Greene described as “intelligent and exciting, if rather earnest”…..that is when he played a good man who was caught up with (and destroyed by) a racist organization.



Movie  – 1938 – Clip from Movie “Angels With Dirty Faces”  Starring Humphrey Bogart & James Cagney  – “Scene Where Cagney Robs Bogart’s Personal Safe at Gunpoint”                                                                                                   


Movie  – 1938 – Official Trailer from Movie “Black Legion”  Starring Humphrey Bogart – “In His 1st Movie Lead Role”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The studio cast Bogart as a wrestling promoter in Swing Your Lady in 1938…..as a “hillbilly musical” which he reportedly considered his worst film performance.  He played a rejuvenated, formerly-dead scientist in The Return of Doctor X in 1939….. which was his only horror film: “If it’d been Jack Warner’s blood … I wouldn’t have minded so much. The trouble was they were drinking mine and I was making this stinking movie.”  His wife, Mary, had a stage hit in A Touch of Brimstone and refused to abandon her Broadway career for Hollywood. After the play closed, Mary relented; she insisted on continuing her career, however, and they divorced in 1937.



Movie – 1937 – Official Trailer from Movie “Swing Your Lady”  Starring Humphrey Bogart Frank McHugh & Nat Pendelton                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


On August 21, 1938, Bogart entered a turbulent third marriage to actress Mayo Methot, a lively, friendly woman when sober but paranoid and aggressive when drunk.  She became convinced that Bogart was unfaithful to her (which he eventually was, with Lauren Bacall, while filming To Have and Have Not in 1944).  They drifted apart; Methot’s drinking increased, and she threw plants, crockery and other objects at Bogart…..then she set their house afire, stabbed him with a knife, and slashed her wrists several times. Bogart needled her; apparently enjoying confrontation, he was sometimes violent as well. The press called them “the Battling Bogarts”.  According to their friend, Julius Epstein, “The Bogart-Methot marriage was the sequel to the Civil War”.  Bogart bought a motor launch which he named Sluggy, his nickname for Methot: “I like a jealous wife .. We get on so well together (because) we don’t have illusions about each other … I wouldn’t give you two cents for a dame without a temper.” Louise Brooks said that “except for Leslie Howard, no one contributed as much to Humphrey’s success as his third wife, Mayo Methot.”  Methot’s influence was increasingly destructive, however, and Bogart also continued to drink.



Movie – Film Clip – 1946 – From the Movie “The Big Sleep” – Starring Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart & Martha Vickers – “The Rainy Day Bookstore Scene” – Great Scene!!                                                                                                                         

He had a lifelong disdain for pretension and phoniness, and was again irritated by his inferior films.  Bogart rarely watched his own films and avoided premieres, issuing fake press releases about his private life to satisfy journalistic and public curiosity.  When he thought an actor, director or studio had done something shoddy, he spoke up publicly about it.  Bogart advised Robert Mitchum that the only way to stay alive in Hollywood was to be an “againster”. He was not the most popular of actors, and some in the Hollywood community shunned him privately to avoid trouble with the studios.  Bogart once said, “All over Hollywood, they are continually advising me,’Oh you mustn’t say that.  That will get you in a lot of trouble,’ when I remark that some picture or writer or director or producer is no good.  I don’t get it.  If he isn’t any good, why can’t you just say so?  The local idea that nayone makinga a thousand dollars a week is sacred and is beyond the realm of criticism never strikes me as particularly sound.  So, the Hollywood press, unaccustomed to such candor, was delighted.



Movie & Interview – 1954 – CBS Broadcasting Presents – Edward R. Murrow Interviews Actors Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart             


High Sierra in 1941, directed by Raoul Walsh) featured a screenplay written by John Huston, Bogart’s friend and drinking partner…..which was adapted from a novel by W. R. Burnett, author of the novel on which Little Caesar was based.  Paul Muni, George Raft, Cagney and Robinson turned down the lead role, giving Bogart the opportunity to play a character with some depth. Walsh initially opposed Bogart’s casting, preferring Raft for the part. It was Bogart’s last major film as a gangster; a supporting role followed in The Big Shot, released in 1942. He worked well with Ida Lupino, sparking jealousy from Mayo Methot.



 Movie – Film Clip – 1942 – From the Movie “The Big Shot” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Irene Manning – “The Chase Scene”                                                                                                                                                                   


Movie – Film Clip – 1946 – From the Movie “The Big Sleep” – With Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart – “The Restaurant Scene”


The film cemented a strong personal and professional connection between Bogart and Huston. Bogart admired (and somewhat envied) Huston for his skill as a writer; a poor student, Bogart was a lifelong reader. He could quote Plato, Alexander Pope, Ralph Waldo Emerson and over a thousand lines of Shakespeare, and subscribed to the Harvard Law Review.  Bogart admired writers; some of his best friends were screenwriters, including Louis Bromfield, Nathaniel Benchley, and Nunnally Johnson. He enjoyed intense, provocative conversation (accompanied by stiff drinks), as did Huston. Both were rebellious and enjoyed playing childish pranks. Huston was reportedly easily bored during production and admired Bogart (also bored easily off-camera) for his acting talent and his intense concentration on-set.



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Now regarded as a classic film noir, The Maltese Falcon in 1941, was John Huston’s directorial debut…..which was based on the Dashiell Hammett novel, it was first serialized in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1929…..and was the basis of two earlier film versions; the second was Satan Met a Lady in 1936, starring Bette Davis. Producer Hal B. Wallis initially offered to cast George Raft as the leading man, but Raft (then better known than Bogart) had a contract stipulating he was not required to appear in remakes.  Fearing that it would be nothing more than a sanitized version of the pre-Production Code The Maltese Falcon of 1931…..when Raft turned down the role to make Manpower with director Raoul Walsh…..with whom he had worked on The Bowery in 1933.  Huston then eagerly accepted Bogart as his Sam Spade.



Movie – Official Trailer – 1941 – From the Movie “The Maltese Falcon” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Mary Astor & Gladys George & Peter Lorre & Sydney Greenstreet


Complementing Bogart were co-stars Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook Jr., and Mary Astor as the treacherous female foil.  Bogart’s sharp timing and facial expressions were praised by the cast and director as vital to the film’s quick action and rapid-fire dialogue.  It was a commercial hit, and a major triumph for Huston. Bogart was unusually happy with the film: “It is practically a masterpiece. I don’t have many things I’m proud of … but that’s one”.



Movie – Movie Clip – 1941 – From the Movie “The Maltese Falcon” – Featuring Humphrey Bogart & Sydney Greenstreet – “The Fat Man Scene”


Bogart played his 1st romantic lead in Casablanca in 1942…..as Rick Blaine, an expatriate nightclub owner hiding from a suspicious past and negotiating a fine line among Nazis, the French underground, the Vichy prefect and unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend.  Bosley Crowther wrote in his November 1942 New York Times review that Bogart’s character was used “to inject a cold point of tough resistance to evil forces afoot in Europe today”. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal Wallis…..and featured Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Paul Henreid,  Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre and Dooley Wilson.                                                                                                                                                                                               


Movie & Actors – 1942 – Scene from the Movie “Casablanca” – Starring Paul Henreid & Ingrid Bergman & Humphrey Bogart – “The Bar Scene With Play It Again, Sam and As Time Goes By”                                               


Music & Movies – 1942 – Scene from the Movie “Casablanca” – Original Song by Sam (Dooley Wilson) – “As Time Goes By”


Bogart and Bergman’s on-screen relationship was based on professionalism rather than actual rapport, although Mayo Methot assumed otherwise. Off the set, the co-stars hardly spoke. Bergman (who had a reputation for affairs with her leading men) later said about Bogart, “I kissed him but I never knew him.”  Because she was taller, Bogart had 3-inch (76 mm) blocks attached to his shoes in some scenes.  Bogart is reported to have been responsible for the notion that Rick Blaine should be portrayed as a chess player, a metaphor for the relationships he maintained with friends, enemies, and allies. He played tournament-level chess (one division below master) in real life, often enjoying games with crew members and cast but finding his better in Paul Henreid.



Movie & Actors – 1942 – Clip from the Movie “Casablanca” – Starring Paul Henreid & Ingrid Bergman & Humphrey Bogart – “The Play it Again Sam Scene”                                                                                                                  


Movie & Actors – 1942 – Clip from the Movie “Casablanca” – Starring Paul Henreid & Ingrid Bergman & Humphrey Bogart – “The Boss, You’ve Done a Beautiful Thing… Scene”         


Casablanca won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 16th Academy Awards for 1943…..while Bogart was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but lost to Paul Lukas for his performance in Watch on the Rhine.  The film vaulted Bogart from 4th place to 1st in the studio’s roster…..while finally overtaking James Cagney. He more than doubled his annual salary to over $460,000 by 1946, making him the world’s highest-paid actor.                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Movie – Entire Film – 1942 – Warner Brothers Presents “Casablanca” – Starring Paul Henreid & Ingrid Bergman & Humphrey Bogart


Bogart went on United Service Organizations and War Bond tours with Methot in 1943 and 1944…..while making arduous trips to Italy and North Africa (including Casablanca).  He was still required to perform in films with weak scripts, leading to conflicts with the front office.  He starred in Conflict in 1945…..again with Greenstreet)…..but turned down God is My Co-Pilot that year.                                                                                                                                           


Movie – Original Trailer – 1945 – From the Movie “Conflict” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Alexis Smith & Sydney Greenstreet 


Howard Hawks introduced Bogart and Lauren Bacall (1924–2014) while Bogart was filming Passage to Marseille in 1944.  The three subsequently collaborated on To Have and Have Not in 1944…..which was a loose adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel…..and Bacall’s film debut.  It has several similarities to Casablanca, with the same kind of hero and enemies…..and a piano player (portrayed this time by Hoagy Carmichael) as a supporting character.  When they met, Bacall was 19 and Bogart 44…..when he nicknamed her “Baby.”  A model since age 16, she had appeared in two failed plays.  Bogart was attracted by Bacall’s high cheekbones, green eyes, tawny blond hair, lean body, maturity, poise and earthy, outspoken honesty…..as he reportedly said, “I just saw your test. We’ll have a lot of fun together”.



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Their emotional bond was strong from the start, their difference in age and acting-experience encouraged a mentor-student dynamic. In contrast to the Hollywood norm, their affair was Bogart’s 1st with a leading lady.  His early meetings with Bacall were discreet and brief…..with their separations bridged by love letters.  The relationship made it easier for Bacall to make her 1st film…..and Bogart did his best to put her at ease with jokes and quiet coaching.  He encouraged her to steal scenes; Howard Hawks also did his best to highlight her role, and found Bogart easy to direct.  However, Hawks began to disapprove of the relationship…..when he considered himself Bacall’s protector and mentor…..and Bogart was usurping that role.  Not usually drawn to his starlets, the married director also fell for Bacall….. when he told her that she meant nothing to Bogart…..and threatened to send her to the poverty-row studio Monogram Pictures.  Bogart calmed her down, and then went after Hawks…..while Jack Warner settled the dispute…..and filming resumed. Hawks said about Bacall, “Bogie fell in love with the character she played, so she had to keep playing it the rest of her life.”                                                                                                                                                      

Movie – Movie Clips – 1944 – From the Movie “To Have And Have Not” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall & Walter Brennan – “The Whistle Scene”                                                                                                   


Months after wrapping To Have and Have Not, Bogart and Bacall were reunited for an encore: the film noir The Big Sleep in 1946…..which was based on the novel by Raymond Chandler…..with script help from William Faulkner…..when Chandler admired the actor’s performance: “Bogart can be tough without a gun. Also, he has a sense of humor that contains that grating undertone of contempt.”  Although the film was completed and scheduled for release in 1945, it was withdrawn and re-edited to add scenes exploiting Bogart and Bacall’s box-office chemistry in To Have and Have Not…..and the publicity surrounding their offscreen relationship.  At the insistence of director Howard Hawks, production partner Charles K. Feldman agreed to a rewrite of Bacall’s scenes to heighten the “insolent” quality which had intrigued critics such as James Agee and audiences of the earlier film…..and a memo was sent to studio head Jack Warner.  The dialogue, especially in the added scenes supplied by Hawks, was full of sexual innuendo.  The film was successful, although some critics found its plot confusing and overly complicated.  According to Chandler, Hawks and Bogart argued about who killed the chauffeur…..when Chandler received an inquiry by telegram that  he could not provide an answer for.                                                                                      

Movie & Music – 1946 – Scene from the Movie “The Big Sleep” – Starring Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart – As Bacall Sings “And The Tears Flowed Like Wine”                                                                                           


Bogart filed for divorce from Methot in February 1945…..then he and Bacall married in a small ceremony at the country home of Bogart’s close friend, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, at Malabar Farm (near Lucas, Ohio) on May 21, 1945.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Actors & Weddings – 1945 – Special Ceremony Highlights  – Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Wedding at Malabar Farms – Home of Pulitzer Prize Winner Louis Bromfield


They moved into a $160,000 ($2,410,000 in 2021) white brick mansion in an exclusive neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Holmby Hills.  At the time of the 1950 United States census, the couple were living at 2707 Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills with their son and nursemaid…..while Bacall is listed as Betty Bogart.  The marriage was a happy one, with tensions due to their differences…..while Bogart’s drinking was sometimes problematic.  He was a homebody, and Bacall liked the nightlife…..plus he loved the sea…..which made her seasick.



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Bogart bought the Santana, a 55-foot (17 m) sailing yacht, from actor Dick Powell in 1945.  He found the sea a sanctuary and spent about thirty weekends a year on the water, with a particular fondness for sailing around Catalina Island: “An actor needs something to stabilize his personality, something to nail down what he really is, not what he is currently pretending to be.”  Bogart joined the Coast Guard Temporary Reserve (a forerunner of the modern Coast Guard Auxiliary), offering the Coast Guard use of the Santana.  He reportedly attempted to enlist, but was turned down due to his age.



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The suspenseful Dark Passage in 1947) was Bogart and Bacall’s next collaboration. Vincent Parry (Bogart) is intent on finding the real murderer for a crime of which he was convicted and sentenced to prison.  According to Bogart’s biographer, Stefan Kanfer, it was “a production line film noir with no particular distinction”.



Movie – Official Trailer – 1947 – From the Movie “Dark Passage” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall & Bruce Bennett & Agnes Moorehead                                                                                                             


Bogart and Bacall’s last pairing in a film was in Key Largo in 1948…..which was Directed by John Huston…..while Edward G. Robinson was billed 2nd (behind Bogart) as gangster Johnny Rocco…..who was a seething, older synthesis of many of his early bad-guy roles. The billing question was hard-fought and at the end of at least one of the trailers, Robinson is listed above Bogart in a list of the actors’ names in the last frame…..and in the film itself, Robinson’s name, appearing between Bogart’s and Bacall’s, is pictured slightly higher onscreen than the other two.  Robinson had top billing over Bogart in their four previous films together: Bullets or Ballots in 1936….. Kid Galahad in 1937…..The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse in 1938…..and Brother Orchid in 1940.  In some posters for Key Largo, Robinson’s picture is substantially larger than Bogart’s…..as well as being in the foreground manhandling Bacall…..while Bogart is in the background.  The characters are trapped during a hurricane in a hotel owned by Bacall’s father-in-law, portrayed by Lionel Barrymore…..as Claire Trevor won an  Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Rocco’s physically abused, alcoholic girlfriend.



Movies – Movie Clips – 1936 – From the Movie “Bullets and Ballots” – Starring Edward G. Robinson & Humphrey Bogart – “Office Scene With Bogart and Robinson Conflict”



Movies – Movie Clips – 1937 – From the Movie “Kid Gallahad” – Starring Edward G. Robinson & Humphrey Bogart – “Boxing Scene With Bogart and Robinson When Robinson’s Fighter Took A Dive Scene” 



Movies – Official Trailer – 1938 – From the Movie “The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse” – Starring Edward G. Robinson & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                                    


Movies – Official Trailer – 1940 – From the Movie “The Brother Orchid” – Starring Edward G. Robinson & Humphrey Bogart


Riding high in 1947 with a new contract which provided limited script refusal and the right to form his own production company, Bogart rejoined with John Huston for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: a stark tale of greed among three gold prospectors in Mexico. Lacking a love interest or a happy ending, it was considered a risky project.  Bogart later said about co-star (and John Huston’s father) Walter Huston, “He’s probably the only performer in Hollywood to whom I’d gladly lose a scene.”  The film was shot in the heat of summer for greater realism and atmosphere and was grueling to make. James Agee wrote, “Bogart does a wonderful job with this character … miles ahead of the very good work he has done before.”  Albeit John Huston won the Academy Award for Best Director and Screenplay…..and his father won the Best Supporting Actor award…..but the film had mediocre box-office results.  Bogart complained, “An intelligent script, beautifully directed—something different—and the public turned a cold shoulder on it.”



Movies – Movie Clips – 1948 – From the Movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Walter Huston & Bruce Bennett & Tim Holt – “Scene Standoff in the Mountains Between Gringos and Mexican Caballeros”


Bogart created his film company, Santana Productions (named after his yacht and the cabin cruiser in Key Largo), in 1948.  The right to create his own company had left Jack Warner furious, fearful that other stars would do the same and further erode the major studios’ power.  In addition to pressure from freelancing actors such as Bogart, James Stewart and Henry Fonda, they were beginning to buckle from the impact of television and the enforcement of antitrust laws which broke up theater chains.  Bogart appeared in his final films for Warners, Chain Lightning in 1950…..and The Enforcer in 1951.



Movie – Movie Clips – 1950 – From Movie “Chain Lightning” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Eleanor Parker – “Bar and Sing Along Before the Last Mission Scene”                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Movie – Official Trailer – From the Movie “The Enforcer” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Zero Mostel & Ted de Corsia & Everett Sloane                                                                                                                                                               

A parody of sorts of The Maltese FalconBeat the Devil was the final film for Bogart and John Huston. Co-written by Truman Capote, the eccentrically filmed story follows an amoral group of rogues, one of whom was portrayed by Peter Lorre, chasing an unattainable treasure…..whereas, except for Beat the Devil in 1953…..which was originally distributed in the United States by United Artists, the Santana company released its films through Columbia Pictures…..as Columbia re-released Beat the Devil a decade later.  In quick successIn A Lonely Placeion, Bogart starred in Knock on Any Door in 1949…..Tokyo Joe in 1949…..In a Lonely Place in 1950…..and Sirocco in 1951.  Santana also made two films without him: And Baby Makes Three in 1949 and The Family Secret in 1951.  Although most lost money at the box office (ultimately forcing Santana’s sale), at least two retain a reputation….as  In a Lonely Place is considered a film-noir high point…..when Bogie plays Dixon Steele, an embittered writer with a violent reputation, who is the primary suspect in the murder of a young woman…..and falls in love with failed actress Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame).  Several Bogart biographers, and actress-writer Louise Brooks, have felt that this role is closest to the real Bogart.  According to Brooks, the film “gave him a role that he could play with complexity, because the film character’s pride in his art, his selfishness, drunkenness, lack of energy stabbed with lightning strokes of violence were shared by the real Bogart”.  The character mimics some of Bogart’s personal habits, twice ordering the actor’s favorite meal (ham and eggs).  Bogart sold his interest in Santana to Columbia for over $1 million in 1955.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Movies – Official Trailer – 1949 – From Movie “Knock On Any Door” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & John Derek & Allene Roberts                                                                                                                                                                 

Movies – Movie Clip – 1950 – From the Movie “Tokyo Joe” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Alexander Knox & Florence Marly & Sessue Haywakawa – “Scene When Joe Barrett (Bogart) Returns Home To His Wife After The War”                                                                                                                                                                        

Movies – Official Trailer – 1950 – From Movie “In A Lonely Place” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Gloria Grahame & Frank Lovejoy                                                                                                                                                      

Movies – Official Trailer – 1951 – From Movie “Sirocco” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Marta Toren & Lee J. Cobb                                                                                                                                                                                              


Movies – Official Trailer – 1953 – From John Huston Director Movie “Beat The Devil” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Jennifer Jones & Peter Loree & Gina Lollabrigida                                                                                                                                          


Outside Santana Productions, Bogart starred with Katharine Hepburn in the John Huston-directed The African Queen in 1951…..as the C. S. Forester novel on which it was based was overlooked and left undeveloped for 15 years until producer Sam Spiegel and Huston bought the rights. Spiegel sent Katharine Hepburn the book….. and she suggested Bogart for the male lead…..while believing that “he was the only man who could have played that part”.  Huston’s love of adventure, his deep, longstanding friendship (and success) with Bogart and the chance to work with Hepburn convinced the actor to leave Hollywood for a difficult shoot on location in the Belgian Congo.  Bogart was to get 30 percent of the profits and Hepburn 10 percent, plus a relatively small salary for both. The stars met in London and announced that they would work together.                                                                               

Movie – Special – 1951 – “The Making of the John Huston Production The African Queen” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Katheryn Hepburn & Robert Morley                                                                                                                                


Bacall came for the over-four-month duration, leaving their young son in Los Angeles. The Bogarts began the trip with a junket through Europe, including a visit with Pope Pius XII.  Bacall later made herself useful as a cook, nurse and clothes washer; her husband said: “I don’t know what we’d have done without her. She Luxed my undies in darkest Africa”  Nearly everyone in the cast developed dysentery except Bogart and Huston, who subsisted on canned food and alcohol…..as Bogart said, “All I ate was baked beans, canned asparagus and Scotch whisky. Whenever a fly bit Huston or me, it dropped dead.”  Hepburn (a teetotaler) fared worse in the difficult conditions, losing weight and at one point becoming very ill.  Bogart resisted Huston’s insistence on using real leeches in a key scene where Charlie has to drag his steam launch through an infested marsh…..and reasonable fakes were employed.  The crew overcame illness, army-ant infestations, leaky boats, poor food, attacking hippos, poor water filters, extreme heat, isolation, and a boat fire to complete the film.  Despite the discomfort of jumping from the boat into swamps, rivers and marshes, The African Queen apparently rekindled Bogart’s early love of boats; when he returned to California, he bought a classic mahogany Hacker-Craft runabout which he kept until his death.



Actors & Talk Shows – The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson – 1987 – Featuring Lauren Bacall Talking About Being On The Set of the African Queen for 4 Months


His performance as cantankerous skipper Charlie Allnutt earned Bogart an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1951 (his only award of three nominations), and he considered it the best of his film career. Promising friends that if he won his speech would break the convention of thanking everyone in sight, Bogart advised Claire Trevor when she was nominated for Key Largo to “just say you did it all yourself and don’t thank anyone”. When Bogart won, however, he said: “It’s a long way from the Belgian Congo to the stage of this theatre. It’s nicer to be here. Thank you very much … No one does it alone. As in tennis, you need a good opponent or partner to bring out the best in you. John and Katie helped me to be where I am now.”  Despite the award and its accompanying recognition, Bogart later said: “The way to survive an Oscar is never to try to win another one … too many stars … win it and then figure they have to top themselves … they become afraid to take chances. The result: A lot of dull performances in dull pictures.”  The African Queen was Bogart’s 1st starring  Technicolor role.                                                                                                                                                                       

Actors & Awards Shows – The Academy Awards – 1952 – With the Best Actor Award Going To Humphrey Bogart for “The African Queen”                                                                                                                                           


Bogart dropped his asking price to obtain the role of Captain Queeg in Edward Dmytryk’s drama, The Caine Mutiny in 1954.  Though he retained some of his old bitterness about having to do so, he delivered a strong performance in the lead….. the he received his final Oscar nomination…..and was the subject of a June 7, 1954 Time magazine cover story.



Movie – Film Clip – 1954 – Clip from Movie “The Caine Mutiny” – Starring Jose Ferrer & Van Johnson & Humphrey Bogart – “Court Martial Paranoid Breakdown Scene”                                                                                       


Despite his success, Bogart was still melancholy; he grumbled to (and feuded with) the studio, while his health began to deteriorate. Like his portrayal of Fred C. Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Bogart’s Queeg is a paranoid, self-pitying character whose small-mindedness eventually destroys him. Henry Fonda played a different role in the Broadway version of The Caine Mutiny, generating publicity for the film.                                                                            

Movies – TCM Presents Official Trailer – “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” – Starring Tim Holt & Walter Huston & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                             


For Sabrina in 1954, Billy Wilder wanted Cary Grant for the older male lead and chose Bogart to play the conservative brother who competes with his younger, playboy sibling (William Holden) for the affection of the Cinderella-like Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn). Although Bogart was lukewarm about the part, he agreed to it on a handshake with Wilder without a finished script but with the director’s assurance that he would take good care of Bogart during filming.  The actor, however, got along poorly with his director and co-stars; he complained about the script’s last-minute drafting and delivery, and accused Wilder of favoring Hepburn and Holden on and off the set. Wilder was the opposite of Bogart’s ideal director (John Huston) in style and personality; Bogart complained to the press that Wilder was “overbearing” and “is [a] kind of Prussian German with a riding crop. He is the type of director I don’t like to work with … the picture is a crock of crap. I got sick and tired of who gets Sabrina.”  Wilder later said, “We parted as enemies but finally made up.” Despite the acrimony, the film was successful; according to a review in The New York Times, Bogart was “incredibly adroit … the skill with which this old rock-ribbed actor blends the gags and such duplicities with a manly manner of melting is one of the incalculable joys of the show”.



 Movie – Entire Film – 1954 – Retrospective Classic Movies Presents “Sabrina” – Starring William Holden & Audrey Hepburn & Humphrey Bogart                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s The Barefoot Contessa in 1954 was filmed in Rome.  In this Hollywood backstory, Bogart is a broken-down man, a cynical director-narrator who saves his career by making a star of a flamenco dancer modeled on Rita Hayworth.  He was uneasy with Ava Gardner in the female lead…..as she had just broken up with his Rat Pack buddy Frank Sinatra….and Bogart was annoyed by her inexperienced performance.  The actor was generally praised as the film’s strongest part.  During filming and while Bacall was home, Bogart resumed his discreet affair with Verita Bouvaire-Thompson (his long-time studio assistant, whom he drank with and took sailing). When Bacall found them together, she extracted an expensive shopping spree from her husband…..then the three traveled together after the shooting.



Movies – Movie Clips – 1954 – From the Movie “The Barefoot Contessa” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Eva Gardner – “The Funeral for an Actress Scene”                                                                                                                            


Movies – Movie Clips – 1954 – From the Movie “The Barefoot Contessa” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Eva Gardner – “When Harry Met Maria Scene”


Bogart could be generous with actors, particularly those who were blacklisted, down on their luck or having personal problems. During the filming of the Edward Dmytryk-directed The Left Hand of God in 1955), he noticed his co-star Gene Tierney having a hard time remembering her lines and behaving oddly…..so, he coached her, feeding Tierney her lines.  Familiar with mental illness because of his sister’s bouts of depression, Bogart encouraged Tierney to seek treatment.  He also stood behind Joan Bennett and insisted on her as his co-star in Michael Curtiz’s We’re No Angels in 1955…..when a scandal made her persona non grata with studio head Jack Warner.                                                                                                                          


Movie – Official Trailer – 1955 – From the Movie “The Left Hand of God” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Gene Tierney



Movie – Official Trailer – 1955 – From the Movie “We’re No Angels” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Aldo Ray & Peter Ustinov & Joan Bennett


Bogart had already been diagnosed with terminal cancer when shooting The Harder They Fall, a boxing drama with Rod Steiger in a supporting role…..when Steiger later mentioned Bogart’s courage and geniality during his final performance:  “Bogey and I got on very well.  Unlike some other stars, when they had closeups, you might have been relegated to a two-shot, or cut out altogether.  Bogey didn’t play those games. He was a professional and had tremendous authority.  He’d come in exactly at 9am and leave at precisely 6pm.  I remember once walking to lunch in between takes and seeing Bogey on the lot.  I shouldn’t have because his work was finished for the day.  I asked him why he was still on the lot, and he said, ‘The want to shoot some retakes of my closeups because my eyes are too watery’.  A little while later, after the film, somebody came up to me with word of Bogey’s death.  Then it struck me, his eyes were watery because he was in pain with the cancer.  I thought: “How dumb can you be, Rodney’!”                                              

Movie – Official Trailer – 1956 – From the Movie “The Harder They Fall” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Rod Steiger & Jan Sterling             


                                                                                                                                   Bogart rarely performed on television…..but he and Bacall appeared on Edward R. Murrow’s Person to Person …..and disagreed on the answer to every question. He also appeared on The Jack Benny Show, where a surviving kinescope of the live telecast captures him in his only TV sketch-comedy performance (October 25, 1953).



Comedy & Actors – The Jack Benny Show – 1953 – Featuring Humphrey Bogart in the “Police Sketch”


Bogart and Bacall worked on an early color telecast in 1955, an NBC  adaptation of “The Petrified Forest” for Producers’ Showcase…..when Bogart received top billing….while Henry Fonda played Leslie Howard’s role …..and Bacall played Bette Davis’s part…..plus Jack Klugman, Richard Jaeckel, and Jack Warden played supporting roles.  In the late 1990’s, Bacall donated the only known kinescope of the 1955 performance (in black and white) to the Museum Of Television & Radio (now the Paley Center for Media)…..where it remains archived for viewing in New York City and Los Angeles.  It is now in the public domain.



Actors & Made for TV Movies – NBC Special – “The Petrified Forrest” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Henry Fonda & Lauren Bacall


Bogart also performed radio adaptations of some of his best-known films, such as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon…..and recorded a radio series entitled Bold Venture with Bacall.



Movies – Classic Radio Theater – 1946 – For the Movie “To Have and Have Not” – With Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall



Movies – Classic Radio Theater – 1943 – From the Movie “The Maltese Falcon” – With Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall & Peter Loree


Bogart became a father at age 49…..when Bacall gave birth to Stephen Humphrey Bogart on January 6, 1949, during the filming of Tokyo Joe.  The name was taken from Steve, Bogart’s character’s nickname in To Have and Have Not.  Stephen became an author and biographer…..who hosted a television special about his father on Turner Classic Movies.  The couple’s daughter, Leslie Howard Bogart, was born on August 23, 1952…..as her 1st and middle names honor Leslie Howard, Bogart’s friend and co-star in The Petrified Forest.



Actors & Music – Photo Gallery – 1944 to 1956 – Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall Photo Collection Put to Music “Collide” by Howie Day


Bogart was a founding member and the original leader of the Hollywood Rat Pack…..when in the spring of 1955, after a long party in Las Vegas…..which was attended by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, her husband Sidney Luft, Michael Romanoff and his wife Gloria, David Niven, Angie Dickinson and others…..when Bacall surveyed the wreckage and said: “You look like a goddamn rat pack.”  The name stuck and was made official at Romanoff’s in Beverly Hills…..when Sinatra was dubbed pack president…..Bacall den mother…..Bogart director of public relations…..and Sid Luft acting cage manager.  Asked by columnist Earl Wilson what the group’s purpose was, Bacall replied: “To drink a lot of bourbon and stay up late.”



 Actors & Entertainers – The Original Rat Pack Part 1 – 1955 – Special – “Judy Garland: Live from Long Beach” – Featuring Humphrey Bogart Singing with Judy Garland Frank Sinatra


                                                                                                                                  After signing a long-term deal with Warner Bros., Bogart predicted with glee that his teeth and hair would fall out before the contract ended.  In 1955, however, his health was failing.  In the wake of Santana, Bogart had formed a new company and had plans for a film (Melville Goodwin, U.S.A.) in which he would play a general and Bacall a press magnate. His persistent cough and difficulty eating became too serious to ignore, though, and he dropped the project.  A heavy smoker and drinker, Bogart had developed esophageal cancer.  He did not talk about his health and visited a doctor in January 1956 after considerable persuasion from Bacall.  The disease worsened and several weeks later, on March 1, Bogart had surgery to remove his esophagus and two lymph nodes and a rib. The surgery was unsuccessful, and chemotherapy followed. He had additional surgery in November 1956…..when the cancer had metastasized.  Although he became too weak to walk up and down stairs, he joked despite the pain: “Put me in the dumbwaiter and I’ll ride down to the first floor in style.”…..which was then altered to accommodate his wheelchair.  Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy visited him on January 13, 1957.  In an interview, Hepburn said:  “Spence patted him on the shoulder and said, ‘Goodnight, Bogey.’ Bogey turned his eyes to Spence very quietly and with a sweet smile covered Spence’s hand with his own and said, ‘Goodbye, Spence.”  Spence’s heart stood still. He understood.”  Bogart lapsed into a coma and died the following day, 20 days after his 57th birthday…..and at the time of his death he weighed only 80 pounds (36 kg). A simple funeral was held at All Saints Episcopal Church, with music by Bogart’s favorite composers: Johann Sebastian Bach and Claude Debussy. In attendance were some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Hepburn, Tracy, Judy Garland, David Niven, Ronald Reagan, James Mason, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Danny Kaye, Joan Fontaine, Marlene Dietrich, Gene Tierney, Laurence Olivier, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Bob Hope, Barton MacLane, Lex Barker, Olivia de Havilland, Michael Curtiz, James Cagney, David O. Selznick, William Wyler, Richard Brooks, Harry Cohn, Jane Wyman, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Raymond Massey, George Raft, Myrna Loy, Lee J. Cobb, Gene Kelly, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Greer Garson, Bing Crosby, Ronald Colman, Lena Horne, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman, Glenda Farrell, Don Ameche, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Joan Blondell, Alexander Knox, Veronica Lake, Randolph Scott, Miriam Hopkins, José Ferrer, Charles Laughton, Mary Astor, Bruce Bennett, Margaret Lindsay, Sylvia Sidney, Alexis Smith, Priscilla Lane, Mary Pickford, Ralph Bellamy, Cyd Charisse, Cesar Romero, Ann Sothern, Zero Mostel, Walter Brennan, Jennifer Jones, Louella Parsons, Joel McCrea, Norma Shearer, John Huston, Walter Huston, Agnes Moorehead, Rosalind Russell, Adolphe Menjou, Fredric March, Errol Flynn, Edward G. Robinson, Gregory Peck, Gary Cooper, Billy Wilder, and studio head Jack L. Warner. 



Actors & Movies – Photo Gallery Special – “The Death of Humphrey Bogart”                                                               


Actors & Special – 1957 – All Saints Episcopal Church in Hollywood – “The Funeral of Humphrey Bogart”        

Bacall asked Tracy to give the eulogy…..but he was too upset…..so, John Huston spoke instead:  “Himself, he never too seriously…..but his work most seriously.   He regarded the somewhat gaudy figure of Bogart, the star, with an amused cynicism…..for Bogart, the actor, he held in deep respect. In each of the fountains at Versailles there is a pike which keeps all the carp active…. otherwise they would grow overly fat and die.  Bogey took rare delicht in performing a similar duty in the fountains of Hollywood.  Yet his victims seldom bore him any malice…..and when they did, not for long. His shafts were fashioned only to stick into the outer layer of complacency…..and not to penetrate through to the regions of the spirit…..where real injuries are done.  He is quite irreplaceable.  There will never be another like him.”



Movies & Actors – Movie Clips – 1940 to 1957 – From a Collection of Humphrey Bogart Movies Special – “Humphrey Bogart: Legend”


Bogart was cremated, and his ashes were interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park’s Columbarium of Eternal Light in its Garden of Memory in Glendale, California.  He was buried with a small, gold whistle that had been part of a charm bracelet he had given to Bacall before they married.  On it was inscribed, “If you want anything, just whistle.”  This alluded to a scene in To Have and Have Not when Bacall’s character says to Bogart shortly after their first meeting, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”  Bogart’s estate had a gross value of $910,146 and a net value of $737,668 ($8.8 million and $7.1 million, respectively, in 2021).



Movies – Entire Film – 1930 – John Ford’s “Up The River” – Starring Humphrey Bogart & Clare Luce & Spencer Tracy


                                                                                                                                    On August 21, 1946, he recorded his hand- and footprints in cement in a ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. On February 8, 1960, Bogart was posthumously inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a motion-picture star at 6322 Hollywood Boulevard.



Movies & Actors – Movie Clips & Photo Gallery – 1930 To 1957 – Special – “Movie Legends: Humphrey Bogart”


After his death, a “Bogie cult” formed at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Greenwich Village, and in France; this contributed to his increased popularity during the late 1950’s and 1960’s.  In 1997, that’s when Entertainment Weekly magazine ranked Bogart the # 1 movie legend of all time…..and two years later, the American Film Institute rated him the greatest male screen legend.



Movies – Movie Posters & Photo Gallery- 1934 To 1956 – Special – “Humphrey Bogart: 55 Highest Rated Films”


Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless in 1960, was the 1st film to pay tribute to Bogart.  Over a decade later, in Woody Allen’s comic paean Play It Again, Sam in 1972, Bogart’s ghost aids Allen’s character of a film critic having difficulties with women who says that his “sex life has turned into the ‘Petrified Forest'”.



Movies & Music – 1943 T0 1957 – Hollywood Classics Special – A Romantic Tribute – With Bertie Higgins Singing “Bogie & Bacall: Key Largo”


The United States Postal Service honored Bogart with a stamp in its “Legends of Hollywood” series in 1997, the third figure recognized.  At a ceremony attended by Lauren Bacall and the Bogart children, Stephen and Leslie, USPS governing-board chair Tirso del Junco delivered a tribute:  “Today, we mark another chapter in the Bogart legacy.  With an image that is small and yet as powerful as the ones he left in celluloid, we will begin today to bring his artistry, his power, his unique star quality, to the messages that travel the world. 



 Movies & Actors – Special – 2020 – Turner Classic Movies Presents – “How Humphrey Bogart Became A Star”


On June 24, 2006, 103rd Street between Broadway and West End Avenue in New York City was renamed Humphrey Bogart Place. Lauren Bacall and her son, Stephen Bogart, attended the ceremony. “Bogie would never have believed it”, she said to the assembled city officials and onlookers.



Actors & Music –  Movie Clips & Photo Gallery – 1934 To 1957 – Tribute to Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall – Put to Billy Joel Singing “Just The Way You Are”


Bogart has inspired multiple artists. Two Bugs Bunny cartoons featured the actor: Slick Hare in 1947…..and 8 Ball Bunny in 1950…..which was based on The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.  The Man with Bogart’s Face in 1981, starring Bogart lookalike Robert Sacchi, was an homage to the actor.  The lyrics of Bertie Higgins’ 1981 song, “Key Largo”, refer to two of Bogart’s films, Key Largo and Casablanca.                                                                                                      


Movies & Actors – Film Special – 2015 – Hollywood and the Stars Presents – “The Man Named Bogart” – Narrated by Joseph Cotten


After reviewing all of the videos in this post about the life and times of the incomparable Humphrey Bogart…..I have come to the conclusion that Bogie was not only the most popular actor of his time, a consummate professional who took his acting very serious….. albeit he didn’t take himself serious at all…..but quite the opposite in truth…..I mean, he drank and smoked himself to death at age 57…..but however you cut the pie, Humphrey Bogart was on the top step of the ladder…..cuz that man could act…..proof of which is the fact that you can watch just about any of Bogie’s roles and they are riveting and captivating….whether he’s a gangster, a bar owner, an investigator, an boat owner in Africa, a prospector in the mountains or what….Humphrey Bogart’s portrayal got your attention…..virtually every time…..and talk about a lover, Bogie starred as the leading man with each and every female star on the silver screen from 1934 to 1957 to include Ingrid Bergman, Margaret Lindsey, Sidney Fox, Susan Perry, Ann Sheriden, Barbara Standwick, Kaaren Verne, Michele Morgan, Elizabeth Scott, Ava Gardner, Bette Davis, Ida Lupino, Priscilla Lane, Sylvia Sidney, Gloria Grahame, Audrey Hepburn, Mary Astor, Jean Tierney, Gina Lollobrigida, Jan Sterling, Joan Leslie and of course, Lauren Bacall…..whom he married at age 19, and they stayed madly in love until his death twelve years later at age 57.  When it came to Hollywood, Humphrey Bogart ruled the roost for 23 years…..as he left a lasting impression that will likely never be matched…..cus the movie going fanbase were just mesmerized by Bogie…..a true one of a kind. Here’s looking at you Bogie!!…..thanks for the memories.                                                                                            


Movies – Movie Clips Special – 1934 To 1957 – Humphrey Bogart Best Scenes Collection






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