Friday, January 23, 2009

Bogey - part I . . .

A lot of actors have played characters with interesting, unique or just plain silly names but I dont think any can compare to the motley bunch that Humphrey Bogart played during his amazing career!

Bogey's colorful cast of character's started with his unforgettable performance as killer "Duke Mantee" in Archie Mayo's 1936 production of "The Petrified Forest". Bogey had played the part on stage with star Leslie Howard and legend has it that Howard insisted Bogey also play the part in the film version or he wasnt going to be involved!

In 1937 Bogey played a crooked boxing manager named "Turkey Morgan" in Michael Curtiz' "Kid Galahad" starring Edward G Robinson and Bette Davis. Sadly that was the only time Bette and Eddie G. appeared in a film together.

Here's Bogey as "Baby Face Martin" with one of Warner Bros. character actor workhorses of the 1930's, Allen Jenkins in a scene from William Wylers excellent 1937 production "Dead End". This had the first film appearance of the Dead End Kids who a year later would star with James Cagney in one of my all-time favorite films, "Angels with Dirty Faces".

Bogey with Edward G Robinson and Claire Trevor in a publicity shot for Anatole Litvak's "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" in which Bogey plays a safe-cracking jewel thief named "Rocks Valentine".

Bogey as western bad guy "Whip McCord" squares off against James Cagney in Lloyd Bacon's riotous "The Oklahoma Kid".

Here's Bogey as gangster "Chips Maguire" with the ever-luscious Ann Sheridan in the totally wacky "It All Came True" directed by Lewis Seiler.

Bogey's first multi-dimensional gangster character was probably "Mad Dog Roy Earle" in Raoul Walsh's first-rate drama "High Sierra". The film actually had Ida Lupino getting top billing and she played the "Tarnished Angel" to perfection (as she always played everything!) but clearly this film was Bogey's from the moment he appeared on screen. Even standing next to a little guy like Bogey, beautiful Ida looked so tiny and delicate . . . *sigh*! More of Bogey's rogues gallery of colorfully named characters coming soon!


Mr. Door Tree said...


Love the theme of this post...great photos! Bogart sure was paired up with some beautiful women!

Puttynose Doortree

J.B. said...

Not a huge Bogey fan, myself -- I go for StewartCooperGrant-type clean cut, boyscoutish heros, typically. So, I am aware that I'll be accused of "typical" female inscrutability and incongruity (and whatever other adjectives you boys use to describe the feminine enigma) when I admit that I find the first photo, well, hot! :) j

Aldous said...

What kind of "baby" has a "face" like Bogie? I shudder to think.

And I don't think anyone would approve of Bogie being in a Western...

Great to see a post on Bogart. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Artman2112 said...

actually i find Bogie as an Irish stable boy in "Dark Victory" and as a Mexican bandito in "Virginia City" to be even more ludicrous than him being in the "Oklahoma Kid" but he is definitely out of place in the western genre. Bogie is "city boy" all the way!

marga said...

i like!!
very good forever :)
saludos desde espaƱa.