Tag Archives: Humphrey Bogart

December 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, Episode 22, “There Will Be Blood” (2012; d. Guy Norman Bee) I had started a re-watch of Season 7 in November, so I finished it out this month. Season 7 was one of my least favorites, when … Continue reading

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June 2016 Viewing Diary

Homeland Season 3, Episode 4 “Game On” (2013; d. David Nutter) Hey, Nutter, what’s up? Thanks for the Supernatural pilot. Going on 12 seasons now, you set it up real good. I have now watched up until Season 5 of … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall

This was the magazine cover that started it all. Howard Hawks was looking for a protege, a girl he could mold into his perfect woman who could play in those fabulous macho movies he made. His wife, “Slim” Hawks, saw … Continue reading

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The Great Escape (1963), Possessed (1947), Three on a Match (1932)

The Great Escape Directed by John Sturges I saw this for the first time on the big screen, at a packed showing at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. It’s meant to be seen large. It’s meant to be seen … Continue reading

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The Books: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, by Aljean Harmetz

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, by Aljean Harmetz The book was first published under the title Round Up the Usual Suspects, which I like better, but that’s neither here … Continue reading

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The African Queen Restored

This year is the 60th anniversary of John Huston’s The African Queen, and the film, which has been seen in a pasty muddy-colored print for decades has finally been restored to its original brilliant luster. You can buy the restored … Continue reading

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20 Favorite Actors

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Conversation with Howard Hawks

Peter Bogdanovich: [Cary] Grant is a much more vulnerable character [in Only Angels Have Wings] than any of the other leading men in your pictures. Howard Hawks: Much more sensitive. Bogart rode right over it. [John] Wayne will get, not … Continue reading

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Martha Vickers in The Big Sleep: “She Got the Idea All Right.”

Martha Vickers, a young pretty actress, was unforgettable and creepy as the sociopathic thumb-sucking nymphomaniac in The Big Sleep. How on earth did THAT get by the censors?? There’s a really cute story about her and the filming of The … Continue reading

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Today in history: November 26, 1942

Casablanca premiered at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City. It was not expected to be a long-lasting mythical evocation of the quintessential American ideals we all aspire to, from generation to generation. It was just supposed to be another … Continue reading

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