Guest Programmer: Hugh Hefner
Hefner's appearance comes two days before his birthday; he was born on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, where he studied art and worked for Esquire before beginning his own magazine. The first issue of Playboy, with its famous calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe, was published in 1953.
Hefner's first Playboy Club, which operated in Chicago from 1960 to 1986, was said to have been inspired in part by Bogart's "Cafe Americain" in the movie Casablanca (1942).
Hefner contributed funds for the restoration of the original release print of another Bogart classic, The Big Sleep (1946), co-starring Lauren Bacall. His other Bogart picks are The Maltese Falcon (1941), with the star in a legendary turn as private eye Sam Spade and To Have and Have Not (1944), Bogart's first film with Bacall.
by Roger Fristoe