The Essential Humphrey Bogart

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Rowman & Littlefield, Apr 16, 2016 - Performing Arts - 248 pages
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Many film fans consider Humphrey Bogart the ultimate star of Hollywood’s golden era. He rose from supporting roles in the early 1930s to become a superstar by the end of the decade. Bogart appeared in more classic films than just about any other actor in American cinema. In addition to The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, and The African Queen, Bogart starred in dozens of other highly regarded films until his death in 1956.

In The Essential Humphrey Bogart, Constantine Santas looks at the most important films of this Hollywood legend’s career. Along with the established classics, this book discusses other films that showcase Bogart’s superb acting talents, such as High Sierra, To Have and Have Not, Key Largo, In a Lonely Place, Beat the Devil, The Caine Mutiny, Sabrina, and The Desperate Hours. Presented in chronological order, these films chart the actor’s ascent from stereotypical roles as gangsters in The Petrified Forest and Dead End to iconic roles like that of Sam Spade, Rick Blaine, and Philip Marlowe. In all of these performances Bogart showed his versatility, playing a variety of characters from tough detectives and war heroes to a lawyer, writer, gold prospector, river rat, and even a priest.

Containing a brief biographical sketch of the actor, this volume then looks at each of Bogart’s most significant films. Each entry states why the particular movie was included and is followed by a plot analysis, critical views from film historians, and DVD/Blu-ray availability. A key to the ranking system helps the reader select what film to view at his or her leisure. Highlighting more than thirty-five films, The Essential Humphrey Bogart is a must-have companion for every fan of this actor’s work and will no doubt introduce viewers to other films to put on their must-see list.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 THE PETRIFIED FOREST Warner Bros 1936
1
Chapter 2 BULLETS OR BALLOTS First NationalWarner Bros 1936
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Chapter 3 BLACK LEGION Warner Bros 1937
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Chapter 4 MARKED WOMAN First National Warner Bros 1937
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Chapter 5 KID GALAHAD Warner Bros 1937
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Chapter 6 DEAD END United ArtistsSamuel Goldwyn 1937
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Chapter 7 THE AMAZING DR CLITTERHOUSE First NationalWarner Bros 1938
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Chapter 8 THE ROARING TWENTIES Warner Bros 1939
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Chapter 23 THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE Warner BrosFirst National 1948
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Chapter 24 KEY LARGO Warner BrosFirst National 1948
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Chapter 25 KNOCK ON ANY DOOR Santana Productions 1949
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Chapter 26 TOKYO JOE Santana Productions 1949
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Chapter 27 IN A LONELY PLACE Santana Productions 1950
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Chapter 28 SIROCCO Santana Productions 1951
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Chapter 29 THE AFRICAN QUEEN HorizonRomulus Productions 1951
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Chapter 30 THE ENFORCER United States PicturesWarner Bros 1951
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Chapter 9 IT ALL CAME TRUE Warner BrosFirst National 1940
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Chapter 10 THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT Warner BrosFirst National 1940
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Chapter 11 HIGH SIERRA Warner BrosFirst National 1941
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Chapter 12 THE MALTESE FALCON Warner BrosFirst National 1941
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Chapter 13 ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Warner BrosFirst National 1942
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Chapter 14 ACROSS THE PACIFIC Warner BrosFirst National 1942
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Chapter 15 CASABLANCA Warner BrosFirst National 1942
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Chapter 16 ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC Warner BrosFirst National 1943
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Chapter 17 SAHARA Columbia Pictures 1943
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Chapter 18 PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE Warner BrosFirst National 1944
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Chapter 19 TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT Warner BrosFirst National 1944
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Chapter 20 THE BIG SLEEP Warner BrosFirst National 1946
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Chapter 21 DEAD RECKONING Columbia Pictures 1947
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Chapter 22 DARK PASSAGE Warner BrosFirst National 1947
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Chapter 31 BATTLE CIRCUS MGM 1953
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Chapter 32 BEAT THE DEVIL SantanaRomulus Productions 1954
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Chapter 33 THE CAINE MUTINY Stanley Kramer Productions 1954
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Chapter 34 SABRINA Paramount Pictures 1954
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Chapter 35 THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA United Artists 1954
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Chapter 36 THE LEFT HAND OF GOD 20th Century Fox 1955
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Chapter 37 THE DESPERATE HOURS Paramount Pictures 1955
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Chapter 38 THE HARDER THEY FALL Columbia Pictures 1956
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FILMOGRAPHY
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NOTES
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INDEX
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Constantine Santas is professor emeritus and former chair in the Department of English at Flagler College, Florida. He is the author of Responding to Film (2002), The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster (2008), and The Epic Films of David Lean (2012), as well as coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014), all published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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