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Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart (1997)

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Robert Osbourne hosts this television special, in which many trailers for Humphrey Bogart's films are presented here to show how he established himself in Hollywood. Trailers featured are ... See full summary »

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Robert Osbourne hosts this television special, in which many trailers for Humphrey Bogart's films are presented here to show how he established himself in Hollywood. Trailers featured are for films that he had tiny roles in as well as starring roles. Written by Rhyl Donnelly

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This documentary is featured on the DVD for The Maltese Falcon (1941), released in 2000. See more »

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This is found on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of The Maltese Falcon, and contains and analyzes the trailer of it, as well as for The Petrified Forest (1936), Bullets or Ballots (1936), The Return of Doctor X (1939), High Sierra (1941), All Through the Night (1941), Across the Pacific (1942), Casablanca (1942), Passage to Marseille (1944), To Have and Have Not (1944), Dark Passage (1947), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). This shows how Bogie was publicized and Robert Osborne, the host, talks about the stars image, how it changed over time, and what the PR crew did to ensure that their next film with him would have an audience(at times claiming that it was just like one they already watched and liked). Yes, they were at least as manipulative back then as they are today, if less high-paced and favoring text(in fonts, and with words, that are cheesy by today's standards) over narration. Also, do note that there are spoilers in several of them. This appears to be an episode of a series, but I can only find one other entry, the one that goes over Judy Garland. Maybe it wasn't as lasting a concept as they thought. Perhaps the silly pun for a title killed it. Anyway, this is good if you want to see the advertisements for many of Humphrey's pictures, as this doesn't chop them up, and if you want to hear about them. The running time is 45 minutes. There is disturbing content in this. I recommend this to fans of the iconic leading man. 7/10


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