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The Bogie Man Will Get You

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In one half-hour, Turner Classic Movies will continue with their Star of the Month salute to Humphrey DeForest Bogart, on the 110th anniversary month of his birth (his actual birth date being December 25th). Here’s the lineup for today (with movies not currently available in the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives in green):

06:00 AM San Quentin (1937)
07:15 AM The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938)
08:45 AM Crime School (1938)
10:15 AM Men Are Such Fools (1938)
11:30 AM Racket Busters (1938)
12:45 PM Swing Your Lady (1938)
02:15 PM Dark Victory (1939)
04:15 PM Invisible Stripes (1939)
05:45 PM King of the Underworld (1939)
07:00 PM Bogart: The Untold Story (1996)
08:00 PM The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
09:30 PM The Roaring Twenties (1939)
11:30 PM They Drive by Night (1940)
01:30 AM High Sierra (1941)
03:30 AM Virginia City (1940)

bogartI love the description for Bogart: The Untold Story, by the way: “Stephen Bogart hosts this one-hour special on the life and career of his legendary father, Humphrey Bogart” and then the time is given as 46 minutes. And yes, I know what you’re thinking—“Iv…you don’t have a copy of Dark Victory?” I think I did at one time but offered it up for sale on eBay some time back; it’s not really one of my favorites (and in actuality, it’s more a Bette Davis pic than a Bogart vehicle) due mainly to that atrocious brogue Bogart is forced to adopt as the Irish stableman. (Accents really weren’t Humphrey’s meat; I suspect the reason they made Charlie Allnut Canadian in The African Queen [1951] was so Bogie didn’t have to pass himself off as a British subject.) But since I made a vow to try and collect as many of Bogart’s movies as I can, I’m going to record Victory for keeps.

galahadI had planned to do a write-up of the Bogart films I watched last week but the only one I’ve gotten around to seeing is Kid Galahad (1937)—again, I have this one in one of the Warner DVD box sets but I think last Wednesday was the first time I’d seen it in its entirety. I enjoyed the hell out of it; Edward G. Robinson is a fight promoter who vows to make bellhop Wayne Morris a heavyweight champion but goes berserk when Morris starts cuddling up to Robinson’s sister (Jane Bryan) in a romantical kind of way. Davis is Robinson’s chanteuse girlfriend (though her rendition of The Moon is in Tears Tonight was dubbed); Bogart Robinson’s gangster rival—and the usual suspects at Warner Bros. are present and accounted for, including Harry Carey (aces as Morris’ trainer), Ben Welden, Joseph Crehan, Veda Ann Borg, Frank Faylen, and Matt Hinrichs fave Joyce Compton (I also spotted Don DeFore and Horace McMahon, too). Bogie and Bette don’t interact too much in this one—but that’s why we have Marked Woman (1937) on hand.

My cousin Kathy is on Facebook and paid me a flattering compliment by stating that she, too, is a huge Bogart devotee (her favorite film, like mine, is Casablanca) and remarked that she is also willing to sit through any picture with Bogart in it. Hal Erickson asked if that meant Swing Your Lady (1938), which will be on later today and is considered by many to be Bogart’s worst film. I haven’t seen it but I plan to record and watch it—let me just say that it’s going to have to be pretty awful to beat the Bogart flick I consider to be the actor’s nadir: The Return of Doctor X (1939).

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