“The actor is always a ‘man’s man.’ It’s doubtful whether I qualify or not. I don’t hunt big game or mice, because I don’t like to kill things….I don’t fish because I fished for ten years and never caught anything….I’m not a big, hearty eater either, downing two dozen oysters and a haunch of venison as a lesser man would eat a tray of canapes. I hate to handle money. I like to talk when I have stimulating people around me, but not for the sake of hearing my own jaws break. I’m a Liberal-Democrat, and think Roosevelt’s a swell guy.” – Humphrey Bogart
Source: Faith Service (1938)
Midnight (1934). Co-starring Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Henry Hull, and Richard Whorf.
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938). Co-starring Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor.
However, Humphrey Bogart, who was lower in star ranking at Warner Bros. at the time, wanted the role and may have duped Raft into turning it down so that he could play the lead.
Prior to High Sierra, Bogart and Raft had been chummy. In fact, they had worked together in Invisible Stripes (1939) and They Drive By Night (1940). However, Bogart may have still felt the sting of being replaced by Raft in Each Dawn I Die (1939).
As the story goes, Bogart read the script for High Sierra and knew that it was very good. He also knew that Raft didn’t like to read, so he approached Raft and confidentially told him that it was a terrible script, that the dialogue was too wordy, and that having Raft play such a ruthless, unlikable gangster may typecast him permanently. Raft trusted his advice and turned down the part without reading the script. This infuriated Jack Warner, who then handed the part to Bogart. The film became a huge box-office success. Adding to Raft‘s humiliation, a few people at the studio had overheard Bogart boasting about how he had gotten the role. When word got back to Raft, he never spoke to him again and used his influence to kick Bogart off the film Manpower (1941)
“When Humphrey Bogart first came to Hollywood, I predicted he’d never make it because he was short, homely and lisped. What do I know?” — Leonid Kinskey, who played Sascha the bartender in Casablanca (1942).
Source: Myrna Oliver (1998)
“It didn’t ring true. No man would give up a girl like Miss Bergman to the tune of high-sounding philosophy. But that was the story and I had to let her slide right out of my arms. What the hell? I’m only the actor.” – Humphrey Bogart
Source: John Rosenfeld’s newspaper article, “Love, Law and Order for Humphrey Bogart,” August 1,1943.
“Bogie is fanatically independent, yet he can’t stand being alone.” — Lauren Bacall
Source: Bob Thomas (1957)
Photo: To Have and Have Not (1944)
“They won’t make a Great Lover out of me if I can help it.” – Humphrey Bogart
Source: George Benjamin (1940)
Photo: The Big Sleep (1946)
The Bogey/Bogie man will get you if you don’t watch out! Here is a set photo from The Big Sleep(1946). Either Humphrey Bogart, or his stand-in, is double exposed, giving the photo an unintentional, but appropriate, air of mystery.
“Nobody’s going to tell me how to live. I go by the rules of decent behavior. The most important rule to live by is the Golden Rule. I don’t do anything to anybody I wouldn’t want done to me. I drink, but I’m not tough and rough. I don’t brawl outside of movies. I act tough in movies but that’s what I get paid to do. Despite what they say, I don’t go around in restaurants waving guns and picking fights. I live my own life and I do want I want. That’s Bogart.” – Humphrey Bogart
Source: Kay Sullivan and Sid Ross (1954)
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall at the Hotel del Coronado in 1948.
“Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.” — Humphrey Bogart
“Democrat in politics, Episcopalian by upbringing, dissenter by disposition.” — Humphrey Bogart describing himself.
A French movie poster for Chain Lightning (1950). Co-stars Eleanor Parker.
In a Lonely Place (1950). With Gloria Grahame.
“I never sought publicity in my life. Sure, it’s important. I think 50 per cent of a movie star’s career is based on publicity. But I hate the crummy press releases and phony stunts. That stuff stinks. The only way to get publicity is to be an exciting enough personality. Then people will write about you.” — Humphrey Bogart
Photo: Deadline U.S.A. (1952)
“The only way to find the best actor would be to let everybody play Hamlet and let the best man win.” — Humphrey Bogart
“[Ezra] Goodman is the kind of guy who sits right across the table from you, looks you square in the eyes and asks you what color your eyes are.” — Humphrey Bogart
Source: Bennett Cerf (1956)
Bogey: The Good-Bad Guy by Ezra Goodman was first published in 1965.
Humphrey Bogart. Artist: Richard Headley. Year: 1995. Oil on canvas. 20 x 16 inches.
A clothing mannequin sold at auction in Switzerland in June 2015.