Wednesday, December 16, 2009

“Did you Bogie with your baby…”

Ladies and gentlemen—start your DVRs, TiVos and any other recording device that strikes your fancy! TCM’s Star of the Month tribute to Thrilling Days of Yesteryear idol Humphrey Bogart continues in one half-hour, and will feature these Bogie favorites (titles highlighted in green will be new additions to the dusty TDOY archives):

6:00 AM Becoming Attractions: Humphrey Bogart (1996)

Host Robert Osborne takes a look at Humphrey Bogart's rise to stardom through the marketing of his movie trailors. C-45 mins, TV-G, CC

7:00 AM Return Of Doctor X, The (1939)

A murderer returns from the grave with a thirst for blood. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Dennis Morgan. Dir: Vincent Sherman. BW-63 mins, TV-PG, CC

8:15 AM You Can't Get Away With Murder (1939)

A young tough takes the rap for a hardened gangster. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Billy Halop, Gale Page. Dir: Lewis Seiler. BW-79 mins, TV-G, CC

9:45 AM Brother Orchid (1940)

After a failed hit, a mob chief recuperates in a monastery. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. BW-88 mins, TV-PG, CC

11:15 AM It All Came True (1940)

A gangster hides out in a boardinghouse full of eccentrics. Cast: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, ZaSu Pitts. Dir: Lewis Seiler. BW-97 mins, TV-PG

1:00 PM Wagons Roll At Night, The (1941)

A circus manager turns a young farm boy into a star lion tamer. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Eddie Albert. Dir: Ray Enright. BW-84 mins, TV-G

2:30 PM Across The Pacific (1942)

An American agent tries to keep Axis spies from blowing up the Panama Canal. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: John Huston. C-97 mins, TV-G, CC

4:15 PM All Through The Night (1942)

A criminal gang turns patriotic to track down a Nazi spy ring. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Jane Darwell. Dir: Vincent Sherman. BW-107 mins, TV-PG, CC

6:15 PM Big Shot, The (1942)

A mob leader escapes prison and flees with his love to a mountain hideaway, where he tries to atone for his sins. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis. Dir: Lewis Seiler. BW-82 mins, TV-PG

8:00 PM Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: John Huston. BW-101 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

10:00 PM Casablanca (1942)

An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-103 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

12:00 AM Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)

Three prospectors fight off bandits and each other after striking-it-rich in the Mexican mountains. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt. Dir: John Huston. BW-126 mins, TV-PG, CC, DVS

2:15 AM African Queen, The (1951)

A grizzled skipper and a spirited missionary take on the Germans in Africa during World War I. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley. Dir: John Huston. C-105 mins, TV-PG, CC

Originally, when my fever-racked brain came up with the idea for these posts, I had planned to supplement them with some quick mini-reviews about some of the Bogart films from the previous week (the ones I had not seen, of course). But as with all good intentions, this project went by the wayside—I just haven’t been able to sit down and find the time to watch any of them with three exceptions: Isle of Fury (1936), One Fatal Hour (1936, aka Two Against the World) and The Great O'Malley (1937). These last two have been put under the microscope by Rick Brooks at Cultureshark, and Matt Hinrichs at Scrubbles.net has a brief take on Hour as well. My main problem in watching Fury is…well, I’m two-for-two falling asleep during the damn thing. (Fury is based on W. Somerset Maugham’s The Narrow Corner, which might go a long way toward explaining why the film cures me of insomnia; Maugham is not one of my favorite authors. I lost precious moments of my adolescence having to read Of Human Bondage in high school, time I’m never getting back.)

So I’m planning to try a new tack by gearing up to watch Love Affair (1932) and Big City Blues (1932) sometime in the next day or two, and then come back to Fury. Of course, I’ve still got China Clipper (1936)… Swing Your Lady (1938)… Men Are Such Fools (1938)…I think you get the picture. But I’m telling you—you’re not going to find a finer mini-marathon that the one that starts at 8:00pm this evening: The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and The African Queen (1951)—four of Bogie’s very best.

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