Humphrey Bogart


Actor
Humphrey Bogart

About

Also Known As
Humphrey Deforest Bogart
Birth Place
New York, New York
Born
December 25, 1899
Died
January 14, 1957
Cause of Death
Throat Cancer

Biography

The very definition of the term "film icon," Humphrey Bogart rose from a bit player on Broadway, to a supporting B-movie actor, to eventually become the undisputed reigning box-office star of his day. After making his transition from the stages of New York to the studios of Hollywood with the crime drama "The Petrified Forest" (1936), Bogart endured an extended period playing second bana...

Photos & Videos

Dark Passage - Lobby Cards
Across the Pacific - Movie Posters
Casablanca - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Helen Menken
Wife
Actor. Appeared together on Broadway in "Drifting" (1920); married on May 20, 1926; divorced in 1927; died on March 28, 1966.
Mary Phillips
Wife
Actor. Born in 1900; married in 1928; divorced in 1937; died on April 22, 1975.
Mayo Methot
Wife
Actor. Married in 1938; divorced in 1945; she and Bogart together were sometimes known as "The Battling Bogarts" during the course of their stormy marriage; died on June 9, 1951 at age of 47.
Lauren Bacall
Wife
Actor. Married from May 21, 1945 until his death in 1957; born on September 16, 1924; mother of Bogart's two children.

Bibliography

"Bogart"
A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax, William Morrow (1997)
"Bogart: A Life in Hollywood"
Jeffrey Meyers, Houghton Mifflin (1997)
"Bogart: In Search of My Father"
Stephen Bogart (1995)
"Bogart & Bacall, A Love Story"
Joseph Hyams (1976)

Notes

"He is an antiquated juvenile who has spent most of stage life in white pants, swinging a tennis racket." --comment attributed to Broadway producer Arthur Hopkins when he hired Bogart for the role of Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest"

Biography

The very definition of the term "film icon," Humphrey Bogart rose from a bit player on Broadway, to a supporting B-movie actor, to eventually become the undisputed reigning box-office star of his day. After making his transition from the stages of New York to the studios of Hollywood with the crime drama "The Petrified Forest" (1936), Bogart endured an extended period playing second banana to more established stars, such as Edward G. Robinson in films like "Bullets or Ballots" (1936). Although productions like "They Drive by Night" (1940) and "High Sierra" (1941) gradually increased his Hollywood standing, it was Bogart’s turn as private eye Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) that first gave audiences a taste of the world-weary cynical, yet moralistic hero he would become so closely associated with. The persona was further cemented with his performances in "Casablanca" (1942) and "The Big Sleep" (1946), with the former hailed by many as one of the greatest films ever made. In between these cinematic milestones he met his co-star and future wife, actress Lauren Bacall, with whom he would appear in a total of four hit films. Other important films in Bogart’s remarkable career included "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948), "Key Largo" (1948), "The African Queen" (1951) – for which he would win his only Academy Award – and "The Caine Mutiny" (1954). Brought down by cancer while still at the height of his creative powers, Bogart would be remembered as an unrepentant iconoclast, irrepressible rabble rouser, and a true American cultural treasure.

Born Humphrey DeForest Bogart on Dec. 25, 1899 in New York City, he was the eldest child and only son of Belmont and Elizabeth Bogart. Bogart enjoyed a somewhat privileged childhood, as his father was a prominent surgeon and his mother a classically-trained commercial illustrator. With a permanent home on New York’s Upper West Side, the well-to-do family also owned an upstate vacation property on Canandaigua Lake, where Belmont endowed his son with the lifelong loves of chess and sailing. Although raised in affluence, he was far from spoiled. Both of his parents were exceptionally busy and highly focused on their careers, and they expected the same of their son. Bogart was enrolled in several private schools from an early age, eventually being accepted at the prestigious Exeter Academy in Andover, MA. Their hopes for him to attend Yale University were dashed, however, when Bogart – always an indifferent, somewhat anti-social student – was expelled from Exeter for reasons that remained unclear. In 1918, the adventurous young man, enamored with the sea and filled with romantic notions of war, enlisted in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Leviathan, where – again under circumstances never definitively explained – he injured his upper lip, resulting in his famous, character-enhancing scar.

Having acquitted himself admirably during his naval service, Bogart returned to New York where he worked a short series of jobs before a family connection gave him his first contact within the theater world. Having struck up a friendship with playwright and actress Alice Brady, he was hired by her father, film and theater producer William A. Brady, for whom he worked for a time in various positions. After a brief stint as a stage manager on Alice Brady’s production of "A Ruined Lady," she gave him his debut role a few months later in another of her plays, "Drifting," in 1921. While he did not necessarily take Broadway by storm, Bogart had finally found his vocation. From 1922 to 1935, he appeared in dozens of stage productions. Early on, he met and soon married actress Helen Menken, although this first union would end amicably little more than a year later. Another marriage to a stage actress, Mary Philips, followed in 1928. For a number of years, Bogart toiled in one-dimensional roles in lightweight productions, never satisfied with the quality of the work, but continually honing and refining his craft, regardless. After a few film shorts alongside the likes of Helen Hayes, Bogart made his feature film debut with a supporting role in "Up the River" (1930), starring fellow stage actor Spencer Tracy, a man with who Bogart would remain close friends for life.

Now dividing his time almost equally between Broadway and Hollywood, Bogart landed the pivotal role of vicious criminal Duke Mantee in the 1935 stage production of Robert E. Sherwood’s "The Petrified Forest." The part – in support of the play’s star, Leslie Howard – earned the young actor glowing revues for a role very much against the callow youth types he normally played. It also earned him the respect of Howard, who insisted that Warner Bros. cast Bogart as Mantee for the filmed version. The studio – which had hoped to place established star Edward G. Robinson in the role – initially balked. After Howard stood firm, Bogart was given the part. The film adaptation of "The Petrified Forest" (1936), co-starring Howard and Bette Davis, was a substantial success and proved without a doubt that Bogart’s imposing stage presence carried over to the screen quite effectively. Warner Bros. promptly signed him to a standard contract, necessitating his permanent relocation to the West Coast. Enjoying a very successful stage career herself, Philips and her husband attempted to keep the long distance marriage going for another year before eventually agreeing to divorce in 1937. Bogart moved forward in a string of B-movies for the studio, either in roles that supported bigger stars like Robinson and James Cagney – "Kid Galahad" (1937) and "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938) among them – or as the lead in B-movies such as "Swing Your Lady" (1938) and "The Return of Doctor X" (1939).

As Bogart struggled with the increasing dissatisfaction of his film work, he entered into a third marriage in 1938 with Mayo Methot, an actress he had met through mutual friends. She was a mercurial woman with a serious drinking problem and prone to fits of jealousy. So fractious was their marriage that at one point the press began to refer to the couple as the "Battling Bogarts." Although he was enjoying good notices for his work in such crime dramas as "They Drive by Night" (1940) and "High Sierra" (1941) – it was on the set of the latter that he began a friendship with screenwriter John Huston – Bogart was still being passed over for the more traditional leading man roles in favor of actors like Cagney and George Raft. When Raft turned down the offer to star in Huston’s directorial debut, "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, the role was offered to Bogart, who eagerly accepted. As Sam Spade, the actor created the prototype for every private detective to grace the screen in the decades that followed. Surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that included Sydney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook, Jr., Mary Astor, and Peter Lorre, Bogart was perfect as the quick-tongued, jaded gumshoe, who nonetheless maintained his sense of honor and a tarnished idealism. The movie became an instant classic upon release, and even Bogart – normally overly critical of his own work – referred to Huston’s film as "practically a masterpiece."

Having gained newfound respect – not to mention a more lucrative contract with Warners – Bogart reteamed with director Huston and co-stars Astor and Greenstreet for the World War II espionage thriller "Across the Pacific" (1942). That same year Bogart delivered his legendary performance as expatriate nightclub owner Rick Blaine in "Casablanca" (1942). The result of happenstance, fate, and an undeniable chemistry between its stars, "Casablanca" was based on a then-unproduced stage play, rushed into production, and despite the high-wattage of its cast and crew, was not expected to perform exceptionally well at the box-office. Nevertheless, in his first romantic lead, Bogart took his ‘man with a hardened exterior, but the heart of a hero’ persona to an entirely new, mesmerizing level. Reteamed with Greenstreet and Lorre, his leading lady was European beauty Ingrid Bergman, who literally shimmered alongside Bogart on screen. The film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and as a result, catapulted Bogart to the top of Warner Bros.’ roster of stars, making him the highest paid film actor of the day. Despite the generally glowing critical acclaim of the time, "Casablanca" did only moderately well at the box-office. In the years that followed, however, it would become widely regarded as one of the best American films ever made, as well as having the distinction of being the most quoted. Interestingly, the most famous of these lines, "Play it again, Sam," was, in fact, misquoted, and was never actually spoken in the film.

Just like the rest of the world, Hollywood’s attention was on World War II in the early 1940s, and Bogart’s film output was no exception. Movies of the period included the naval adventure "Action in the North Atlantic" (1943), the desert tank action piece "Sahara" (1943), and "Passage to Marseille" (1944). The latter film reteamed Bogart with "Casablanca" alumni such as Greenstreet, Lorre, Claude Rains, and director Michael Curtiz. Next came a film that would have a much grander effect on Bogart’s personal life than his box-office credentials – director Howard Hawks’ "To Have and Have Not" (1944). Loosely based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, it co-starred 19-year-old fashion model Betty Perske – soon to be known by her stage name of Lauren Bacall. The sparks ignited onscreen between the two were no cinematic illusion, as the pair soon fell passionately in love, despite the disparity in their ages by over 20 years. Bogart, unfortunately, was still in the midst of a miserable marriage, and so his and Bacall’s early romance was kept very much under wraps, taking on the outward appearance of a mentor-apprentice relationship, while they expressed their mutual adoration via discreet rendezvous and through secret correspondence. When Bogart at last divorced the now raging Methot in early 1945, he and Bacall were married mere weeks later. The marriage would be her first and his last, and by all accounts one of Hollywood’s rare happy and lasting unions.

Their onscreen collaboration proved instantly popular and Bogie immediately paired again with Bacall and director Hawks for "The Big Sleep" (1946). An early film noir based on the novel by Raymond Chandler and written for the screen by William Faulkner, it starred Bogart as perhaps the quintessential private detective, Philip Marlowe. While the film was faulted by critics for its labyrinthine plot – some said incomprehensible – nearly all lauded Bogart’s portrayal of the rumpled knight errant and the continually enjoyable onscreen chemistry with his sultry new bride. At the height of Hollywood’s film noir era, he starred in many of the best alongside cinema’s greatest femme fatales, including "Dead Reckoning" (1947) with Lizabeth Scott, "The Two Mrs. Carrolls" (1947) with Barbara Stanwyck, and "Dark Passage" (1947), which once again teamed him with Bacall. The star next partnered with writer-director Huston for the desert adventure of greed and survival, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948). Bogart starred as a down-on-his-luck American in 1920s Mexico who joins another adventurer (Tim Holt) and an old prospector (Walter Huston) in a perilous quest for a fortune in gold. Despite its critical acclaim and garnering of three Oscars, audiences were not initially quick to embrace a movie without a female love interest or any clear-cut hero. Time, however, embraced "Sierra Madre" as a true classic, and the movie was cited as being hugely influential on filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson.

In the years that followed World War II, America was swept up in wide spread anti-Communist fervor, spurred by a distrust of its former ally, the Soviet Union. Led by Huston and other Hollywood luminaries, Bogart, Bacall and several other film stars formed a group called the Committee of the First Amendment which traveled to Washington D.C. to protest the hearings being held by the House of Un-American Activities Commission (HUAC), claiming that it was unfairly harassing many actors and artists. Unfortunately, the move only drew suspicion, and in a 1948 issue of Photoplay magazine, Bogart felt compelled to defend himself with an article entitled "I’m No Communist," claiming that he and his wife were duped into their participation. Regardless, Bogart remained one of film’s most powerful stars, and he began to assert his growing independence via his new production company, Santana Productions. The title of his latest business venture was derived from the name of a sailing vessel seen in Bogart’s latest noir masterpiece "Key Largo" (1948). Directed again by Huston and co-starring Edward G. Robinson, it would be Bogart’s final – and possibly best – onscreen pairing with Bacall. Trapped in an island hotel off the coast of Florida during a raging hurricane, Bogart, Bacall and her father (Lionel Barrymore) find themselves at the mercy of fugitive gangster Johnny Rocco (Robinson) in a taught thriller bordering on perfection.

Released under his Santana Productions, Bogart next appeared in the films "Knock On Any Door" (1949), "Tokyo Joe" (1949), and director Nicholas Ray’s "In a Lonely Place" (1950). A bleak existential noir masterpiece, the latter film featured what many have come to regard as one of Bogart’s most complex, albeit least mentioned, screen performances as a struggling screenwriter who may or may not be a brutal killer. By now an independent freelance movie star, Bogart made his last films for Warner Bros. with "Chain Lightening" (1950) and "The Enforcer" (1951), much to the studio’s displeasure. Next came the romantic-adventure "The African Queen" (1951), which starred Bogart as an anti-social, gin-swilling river boat captain hired to shepherd a button-downed missionary (Katherine Hepburn) on a dangerous mission in German East Africa at the outbreak of World War I. An instant classic, the film garnered Oscar nominations for both Hepburn and director/co-writer Huston. It was, however, only Bogart who would take home a statuette – his first and only – for Best Actor. The actor himself was known to cite this work as his favorite performance, although in true Bogey fashion he would later quip that, "the only way to survive an Oscar is never to try to win another one."

Bogart’s last collaboration with his friend John Huston came in the form of "Beat the Devil" (1953), a sly parody of previous Huston classics, in particular "The Maltese Falcon." Following a group of greedy, unscrupulous gold diggers chasing an unattainable treasure in a Kenyan seaport, it was written by Truman Capote and featured the likes of Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida and Peter Lorre. Although it would later achieve cult status, the difficult to categorize movie did not perform well at theaters or with critics. Perhaps due to the fact that his Santana Productions lost so much money on the picture, Bogart would later regard "Beat the Devil" as one of his least favorite films. Moving into the later stages of his career, and with nothing left to prove, Bogart had the luxury of lowering his usual fee to land the leading role in the psychological wartime drama "The Caine Mutiny" (1954). As the paranoid disciplinarian Capt. Queeg, Bogart deftly combined the isolated loner characteristics of Rick Blaine with the self-serving, small-mindedness of his Dobbs character in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." For his performance, he was nominated for yet another Academy Award – he lost to Marlon Brando for "On the Waterfront" (1954) – with Queeg eventually becoming regarded as Bogart’s last truly great movie role.

With his health now beginning to fail, although he refused to seek treatment, Bogart continued with his always impressive film output. He vied for the attention of Audrey Hepburn with playboy brother William Holden in director Billy Wilder’s romantic-comedy "Sabrina" (1954), and starred opposite Ava Gardner in "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954). He played an escaped convict making up for a shady past in the comedy-drama "We’re No Angels" (1955), a man impersonating a priest in the romantic-adventure "The Left Hand of God" (1955), and a ruthless prison escapee – Bogart’s last villainous role – in the thriller "The Desperate Hours" (1955). Bogart’s final role was that of a sardonic sports writer-turned-boxing promoter in the sports noir "The Harder They Fall" (1956). Seriously ill throughout the filming, the actor, a life-long heavy drinker and smoker, had by then been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Despite aggressive treatments that included surgery and chemotherapy, the cancer continued to spread. Friends and fellow stars Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn were a few of the last people to see the greatly diminished movie icon in his final days. Shortly after his 57th birthday, Humphrey Bogart died after slipping into a coma on Jan. 14, 1957 at his home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. He left behind Bacall and two small children, Stephen, a son, and Leslie, a daughter.

In the decades that followed his death, Bogart inarguably became a worldwide film icon, possibly the biggest outside of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. He remained one of the most quoted actors in history, with lines like "Here’s looking at you, kid," and "The stuff that dreams are made of," as well as "We’ll always have Paris," being but a few examples. Unknown to many pop culture enthusiasts, it was Bogart and Bacall who formed the original nucleus of the legendary Hollywood ‘Rat Pack’— that informal society so closely identified with Frank Sinatra and his pals Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Films like Jean-Luc Godard’s "Breathless" (1960) and Woody Allen’s "Play it Again, Sam" (1972), paid direct tribute to the actor with the fedora and an ever-present cigarette pinched between his fingers. On television his characters and movies were referenced in everything from Bugs Bunny cartoons to episodes of "Magnum P.I." (CBS, 1980-88). And as if to put the final punctuation on the matter once and for all, in 1999 the American Film Institute named Humphrey Bogart as the No. 1 leading man in its list of the 50 Greatest American Screen Legends. One would be hard pressed to find a serious cinema historian who would argue otherwise.

Bryce P. Coleman

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Himself
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Himself
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Eddie Willis
We're No Angels (1955)
Joseph
The Left Hand of God (1955)
James Carmody, also known as Father Peter John O'Shea
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Glenn Griffin
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Capt. Francis Philip Queeg
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Harry Dawes
Sabrina (1954)
Linus Larrabee
Beat the Devil (1954)
Billy Dannreuther
Battle Circus (1953)
Maj. Jed Webbe
Deadline--U.S.A. (1952)
Editor Hutcheson
Sirocco (1951)
Harry Smith
The Enforcer (1951)
Martin Ferguson
The African Queen (1951)
Charlie Allnut
In a Lonely Place (1950)
Dixon Steele
Chain Lightning (1950)
Matt Brennan
Knock on Any Door (1949)
Andrew Morton
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Joe Barrett
Always Together (1948)
Character in movie
Key Largo (1948)
Frank McCloud
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
[Fred C.] Dobbs
Dark Passage (1947)
Vincent Parry [also known as Alan Lynell]
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Geoffrey Carroll
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Rip Murdock
Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)
Himself
The Big Sleep (1946)
Philip Marlowe
Conflict (1945)
Richard Mason
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Harry Morgan
Passage to Marseille (1944)
Jean Matrac
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
Joe Rossi
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Himself
Sahara (1943)
Sgt. Joe Gunn
All Through the Night (1942)
Gloves Donahue
Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine
The Big Shot (1942)
Duke Berne
Across the Pacific (1942)
Rick Leland
High Sierra (1941)
Roy [Mad Dog] Earle
The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)
Nick Coster
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Samuel Spade
It All Came True (1940)
Grasselli [previously known as] Chips Maguire
Brother Orchid (1940)
Jack Buck
Virginia City (1940)
John Murrell
They Drive by Night (1940)
Paul Fabrini
The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
Whip McCord
King of the Underworld (1939)
Joe Gurney
The Return of Dr. X (1939)
Marshall Quesne [alias of Dr. Xavier]
You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)
Frank Wilson
Dark Victory (1939)
Michael O'Leary
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
George Hally
Invisible Stripes (1939)
Chuck Martin
Racket Busters (1938)
[John] Martin
Crime School (1938)
Mark Braden
Swing Your Lady (1938)
Editor
Men Are Such Fools (1938)
Harry Galleon
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
James Frazier
The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938)
Rocks Valentine
Marked Woman (1937)
David Graham
San Quentin (1937)
Joe "Red" Kennedy
Black Legion (1937)
Frank Taylor
Kid Galahad (1937)
Turkey Morgan
Stand-In (1937)
[Douglas] Quintain
Dead End (1937)
"Baby Face" Martin
The Great O'Malley (1937)
John Phillips
The Petrified Forest (1936)
Duke Mantee
Isle of Fury (1936)
Val Stevens
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
[Nick] Bugs Fenner
China Clipper (1936)
Hap Stuart
Midnight (1934)
Gar Boni
Big City Blues (1932)
Adkins
Three on a Match (1932)
Harve
Love Affair (1932)
Jim Leonard
Bad Sister (1931)
Valentine Corliss
A Holy Terror (1931)
Steve Nash
Body and Soul (1931)
Jim Watson
A Devil With Women (1930)
Tom Standish
Up the River (1930)
Steve

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Entertaining the Troops (1989)
Other
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Other

Cast (Special)

The Petrified Forest (1955)
Duke Mantee

Cast (Short)

I Am An American (1944)
Swingtime in the Movies (1938)
Himself
Breakdowns of 1938 (1938)
Himself
Breakdowns of 1937 (1937)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1920

Stage acting debut in bit part in "Drifting" starring Alice Brady and future wife Helen Menken; through decade progressed to leading Broadway roles usually as the romantic juvenile

1925

Starred opposite Shirley Booth in "Hell's Bells"

1930

Short film debut in "Broadway's Like That/Ruth Etting in Broadway's Like That"; feature film debut in "Up the River"

1930

Signed by Fox at $750/week; made five films for Fox and one on loan-out for Universal

1935

Breakthrough stage role as villain Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest"; co-starred with Leslie Howard

1936

Became film star after screen version of "The Petrified Forest" (would reprise part in a 1955 TV adaptation)

1936

Signed contract with Warner Bros.

1941

Stardom clinched with his role as Sam Spade in "The Maltese Falcon", directed by John Huston

1943

Starred opposite Ingrid Bergman in the now classic wartime love story "Casablanca"

1944

Made first of four films opposite future wife Lauren Bacall, "To Have and Have Not" (Bacall's film debut)

1947

Founded Santana Pictures; production company responsible for seven features between 1949-1953, including "Knock On Any Door" (1949) and "In a Lonely Place" (1953), both starring Bogart and directed by Nicholas Ray

1948

Co-starred in last film opposite wife Lauren Bacall, "Key Largo"

1951

Earned Best Actor Academy Award for "The African Queen"

1955

Made TV acting debut recreating his stage and film role from "The Petrified Forest", opposite Bacall

1956

Last film, "The Harder They Fall"

Photo Collections

Dark Passage - Lobby Cards
Dark Passage - Lobby Cards
Across the Pacific - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release American movie posters from Across the Pacific (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart.
Casablanca - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Warner Bros' Casablanca (1942), directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains.
Key Largo - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize Warner Bros' Key Largo (1948), starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, and Claire Trevor. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Sabrina - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release movie posters from Billy Wilder's Sabrina (1954), starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden.
The Caine Mutiny - Movie Posters
Here is a group of American movie posters from Columbia Pictures' The Caine Mutiny (1954), starring Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, and Fred MacMurray.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Make-up test
Here is a still showing a make-up test from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), a profile shot of Humphrey Bogart as Fred C. Dobbs.
They Drive by Night - Movie Posters
Here are a few American movie posters for They Drive by Night (1940). Pictured are the 1940 1-sheet, a re-issue 1-sheet, and an original lobby card.
Sahara - Movie Posters
Here are several original-release American movie posters from Columbia Pictures' Sahara (1943), starring Humphrey Bogart.
Sirocco - Movie Posters
Sirocco - Movie Posters
The Harder They Fall - Movie Posters
The Harder They Fall - Movie Posters
Love Affair (1932) - Movie Poster
Love Affair (1932) - Movie Poster
Tokyo Joe - Movie Posters
Tokyo Joe - Movie Posters
Tokyo Joe - Lobby Cards
Tokyo Joe - Lobby Cards
Sirocco - Lobby Cards
Sirocco - Lobby Cards
Tokyo Joe - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Tokyo Joe - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Love Affair (1932) - Lobby Cards
Love Affair (1932) - Lobby Cards
The Harder They Fall - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Harder They Fall - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Big Sleep - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Big Sleep (1946). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions. Warner Bros. sets during this period were printed in duotone rather than full color.
High Sierra - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from High Sierra (1941). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Dark Passage - Movie Posters
Here is a group of American movie posters from Dark Passage (1947), including the 1-sheet, the 6-sheet, and two styles of 22 x 28 half-sheets.
Crime School - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for Warner Bros' Crime School (1938), starring Humphrey Bogart and The Dead End Kids.
The Petrified Forest - Movie Posters
Here is a group of American movie Posters from The Petrified Forest (1936).
To Have and Have Not - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken during the making of To Have and Have Not (1945), featuring director Howard Hawks and stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Knock on Any Door - Publicity Stills
Here are a number of stills taken to publicize Columbia Pictures' Knock on Any Door (1949), starring Humphrey Bogart and John Derek. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Harder They Fall - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Harder They Fall (1956), starring Humphrey Bogart. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Movie Posters
Here is a group of original release movie posters from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
The Big Sleep - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes of Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Boagart and Lauren Bacall.
To Have and Have Not - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, taken to help publicize To Have and Have Not (1945). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Key Largo - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several behind-the-scenes photos taken during the shooting of Key Largo (1948), directed by John Huston.
The Two Mrs. Carrolls - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Warner Bros.' The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947), starring Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck.
The Roaring Twenties - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize Warner Bros' The Roaring Twenties (1939), starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Frank McHugh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Roaring Twenties - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' The Roaring Twenties (1939), starring James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, and Humphrey Bogart. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
They Drive by Night - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' They Drive by Night (1940), starring George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, and Ida Lupino. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Racket Busters - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release American movie posters for Warner Bros' Racket Busters (1938), starring Humphrey Bogart and George Brent.
The Big Sleep - Publicity Stills
Here are photos of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, taken to help publicize The Big Sleep (1946). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
To Have and Have Not - Movie Posters
Here is a group of American movie posters of To Have and Have Not (1945), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Knock on Any Door - Movie Posters
Here are a number of movie posters from Columbia Pictures' Knock on Any Door (1949), starring Humphrey Bogart and John Derek.
In a Lonely Place - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from In a Lonely Place (1950), starring Humphrey Bogart. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Three on a Match - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from Warner Bros' Three on a Match (1932), starring Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, and Ann Dvorak.
Brother Orchid - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for Warner Bros' Brother Orchid (1940), starring Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, and Humphrey Bogart. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Beat the Devil - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Beat the Devil (1954), directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, and Jennifer Jones. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Virginia City - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' Virginia City (1940), starring Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, and Humphrey Bogart. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The African Queen - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The African Queen (1951). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Swing Your Lady - Movie Poster
Here is the American half-sheet movie poster for Warner Bros' Swing Your Lady (1938), starring Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, and Louise Fazenda.
King of the Underworld - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters for Warner Bros' King of the Underworld (1939), starring Humphrey Bogart and Kay Francis.
Marked Woman - Lobby Card
Here is a lobby card from Warner Bros's Marked Woman (1937), starring Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Maltese Falcon - Makeup Still
Here is a still of Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon (1941), taken as a makeup test. Note the misspelling of first-time director John Huston's name on the slate.
Battle Circus - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Battle Circus (1953). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
All Through the Night - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Warner Bros' All Through the Night (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, and Jane Darwell.
Casablanca (1942) - Production Documents
The following production materials from the film Casablanca (1942) include office memos, telegrams, sheet music, call sheets and other materials.
San Quentin (1937) - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for San Quentin (1937). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Action in the North Atlantic - Movie Posters
Here are a few American release movies posters from Action in the North Atlantic (1943), starring Humphrey Bogart.
High Sierra - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for High Sierra (1941). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Angels with Dirty Faces - Movie Posters
Here is a group of American movie posters from Angels with Dirty Faces (1938).
Maltese Falcon - Scene Stills
Here is a group of film stills from The Maltese Falcon (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet.
The Return of Dr. X - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from The Return of Dr. X (1939). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.

Videos

Movie Clip

Dead Reckoning (1947) — (Movie Clip) I’ve Got To Tell Somebody Opening with Humphrey Bogart in flight in a dark but Southern city, John Cromwell directing him to a church where we learn he’s ex-paratrooper Rip and James Bell is sky-diving priest Logan, but the story, for now, is about Johnny (William Prince), in Dead Reckoning, 1947, also starring Lizabeth Scott.
Black Legion (1936) - Do I Have To Say This? Xenophobic factory worker Frank (Humphrey Bogart) hesitates a little, being sworn into his new anti-immigrant club, hooded Hargrave (Alonzo Price) officiating, in Warner Bros.' Black Legion, 1936.
Kid Galahad (1937) - He Used To Be A Farmer Harry Carey as trainer Silver has been sent by the girlfriend of his promoter boss (Bette Davis and Edward G. Robinson, not seen here) to hide novice prize-fighter Ward (Wayne Morris, title character) with Edward G’s mom (Soledad Jimenez) and, not previously mentioned, kid sister Marie (Jane Bryan), Michael Curtiz directing, in Warner Bros.’ Kid Galahad, 1937.
Kid Galahad (1937) - Sugar Is Going For Gooseberry Crooked fight manager Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) arrives at the party thrown by rival Nick (Edward G. Robinson), whom he’s just-about ruined, girlfriend Bette Davis smoothing things over, all the gals swooning over the just-introduced title character bellhop Guisenberry (Wayne Morris), in Kid Galahad, 1937.
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - I Like To Talk Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) visits the San Francisco hotel suite of "the fat man" Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet), who refuses to explain his interest in the black bird, in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, 1941.
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - Such A Considerable Expense Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) in his first meeting with perfumed and mysterious Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre), inquiring about a bird, in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, 1941, from the Dashiell Hammett novel.
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - A Guy Named Thursby Summoned from his bed at 2 a.m., San Francisco private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), with thus far friendly copper Polhaus (Ward Bond), at the scene of the murder of his partner Archer, written and directed by John Huston from the Dashiell Hammett novel, in The Maltese Falcon, 1941.
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) - Spade And Archer San Francisco detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) receives "Miss" O'Shaughnessy (Mary Astor), soon joined by partner Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), early in John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, 1941, from the Dashiell Hammett novel.
Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, The (1938) - You Make The Perfect Target It’s nowhere near clear what Edward G. Robinson’s angle is, but he’s the title character, at a society party, interrupting a burglary by Billy Wayne, Humphrey Bogart escaping, as hostess Mrs. Updyke (Georgia Caine) twitters, Anatole Litvak directing, in Warner Bros.’ The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, 1938.
Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, The (1938) - The Guy's A Ghost Edward G. Robinson (title character, dabbling in jewel thievery to satisfy his scientific curiosity) has bluffed his way in to meet fence Jo Keller (Claire Trevor), surprised to find out she’s a girl, Maxie Rosenbloom her goon, Humphrey Bogart her cohort “Rocks,” in The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, 1938.
Return of Doctor X (1939) - Open, Prominent Actress Found Slain Opening credits and scenes from the Warner Bros. programmer The Return of Doctor X, 1939, directed by Vincent Sherman, featuring Humphrey Bogart in the freaky title role, and here fresh-faced reporter Walt (Wayne Morris) and sultry actress Angela (Lya Lys).
All Through The Night (1942) - Miracle On 48th Street Future TV stars William Demarest, Phil Silvers and Jackie Gleason in the opening scene, when their ringleader Gloves (Humphrey Bogart) appears, sidekick Barney (Frank McHugh) joining, ex-actor Vincent Sherman directing, in Warner Bros' gangster-comedy-propaganda hybrid All Through The Night, 1942.

Trailer

Big Sleep, The - (Original Trailer) Private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) investigates a society girl's involvement in the murder of a pornographer in The Big Sleep.
Kid Galahad (1937) - (Original Trailer) A mob-connected trainer (Edward G. Robinson) grooms a bellhop for the boxing ring. Co-starring Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.
Maltese Falcon, The (1941) -- (Original Trailer) Humphrey Bogart plays Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941), possibly the greatest detective movie of all time.
Three on a Match - (Original Trailer) A woman's childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters in Three on a Match (1932) starring Bette Davis and Joan Blondell.
Dead End - (Original Trailer) A killer (Humphrey Bogart) returns to the mean streets that made him in William Wyler's Dead End (1937) co-starring Sylvia Sidney and Joel McCrea.
China Clipper - (Original Trailer) A flyer (Pat O'Brien) sacrifices everything to open a transpacific airline in China Clipper (1936) co-starring Humphrey Bogart.
Big Shot, The - (Original Trailer) A gangster (Humphrey Bogart) makes the mistake of falling in love with the wife of his crooked lawyer in The Big Shot (1942).
Big City Blues - (Original Trailer) A country boy goes to town and meets Joan Blondell and a young Humphrey Bogart. So why has he got the Big City Blues (1932)?
African Queen, The - (Original Trailer) Humphrey Bogart won a Best Actor Oscar portraying a grizzled skipper who pilots missionary Katharine Hepburn aboard The African Queen (1951).
Petrified Forest, The - (Original Trailer) An escaped convict holds the customers at a remote desert cantina hostage in The Petrified Forest (1936) starring Leslie Howard, Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart.
San Quentin (1937) - (Original Trailer) A convict's sister falls for the captain of the prison guards in San Quentin (1937), starring Pat O'Brien & Humphrey Bogart.
Return of Doctor X, The - (Original Trailer) Humphrey Bogart, in the weirdest role of his career, plays a murderer who returns from the grave in The Return of Doctor X (1939).

Promo

Family

Belmont DeForest Bogart
Father
Doctor.
Maude Bogart
Mother
Artist, illustrator.
Frances Bogart
Sister
Catherine Elizabeth Bogart
Sister
Stephen Humphrey Bogart
Son
Former TV producer, writer, novelist. Born on January 6, 1949; mother, Lauren Bacall; penned biography/autobiography, "Bogart: In Search of My Father" (1995); also wrote novel "Play It Again".
Leslie Howard Bogart
Daughter
Born on August 23, 1952; mother, Lauren Bacall.

Companions

Helen Menken
Wife
Actor. Appeared together on Broadway in "Drifting" (1920); married on May 20, 1926; divorced in 1927; died on March 28, 1966.
Mary Phillips
Wife
Actor. Born in 1900; married in 1928; divorced in 1937; died on April 22, 1975.
Mayo Methot
Wife
Actor. Married in 1938; divorced in 1945; she and Bogart together were sometimes known as "The Battling Bogarts" during the course of their stormy marriage; died on June 9, 1951 at age of 47.
Lauren Bacall
Wife
Actor. Married from May 21, 1945 until his death in 1957; born on September 16, 1924; mother of Bogart's two children.

Bibliography

"Bogart"
A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax, William Morrow (1997)
"Bogart: A Life in Hollywood"
Jeffrey Meyers, Houghton Mifflin (1997)
"Bogart: In Search of My Father"
Stephen Bogart (1995)
"Bogart & Bacall, A Love Story"
Joseph Hyams (1976)

Notes

"He is an antiquated juvenile who has spent most of stage life in white pants, swinging a tennis racket." --comment attributed to Broadway producer Arthur Hopkins when he hired Bogart for the role of Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest"