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Bacall on Bogart (13 Mar. 1988)

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Lauren Bacall tells the story of her late husband Humphrey Bogart, presenting clips from his movies and interview clips with his peers.



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Lauren Bacall tells the story of her late husband Humphrey Bogart, presenting clips from his movies and interview clips with his peers.

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This documentary is featured on the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD for Casablanca (1942), released in 2003. See more »


John Huston: [On "The Maltese Falcon":] The original intention was to have George Raft play it. But he pulled away from it because he didn't want to trust his career to a young director, someone who had never directed before. And Bogart, to my secret delight, was substituted. And that picture began, I think, a whole new career for Bogey.
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Features The Petrified Forest (1936) See more »


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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played during a clip from Dark Passage (1947)
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Thorough coverage of Bogart's film career
5 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 90 minute documentary covers the entirety of Bogart's career, and some of his personal life, in particular his childhood and his marriage to the narrator, Lauren Bacall. It shows some clips of some rarely seen stuff from the early 30's that Bogart did including his first film, "Broadway's Like That", which was a short he did with Ruth Etting. The sound disc for that Vitaphone short is lost but the video survives, so we do get a look at Bogart's early on-stage persona as a smiling likable good guy. He played these types up until his first big break when he played Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest" in 1936. It talks all about the roles he took on reluctantly as a Warner contract player, his big break in the early 40's with "High Sierra", and is honest about the films he did that were either not that good or not that well received. Also contributing are interviews with director John Huston, Katharine Hepburn, and others who worked with Bogart through the years. One fact really struck me while watching this that really had nothing to do with Bogart himself - how George Raft's bad decision making in handling his own career really benefited Bogart. Raft was the lead in "They Drive By Night" with his name in larger print and above Bogart's in the credits. By turning down the lead in both "High Sierra" and "The Maltese Falcon" he enabled Bogart to become a star while setting his own career on the road to oblivion.

If you want to know all about Bogart the actor and some about Bogart the person, this is a good documentary. Do note that Ms. Bacall does not go into the details of Bogart's earlier marriages. Highly recommended for the film history buff.

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