The Essential Humphrey Bogart

The Essential Humphrey BogartMany 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 and his credits including The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, and The African Queen. In addition to these classics, he 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 in Bogart’s canon, such as To Have and Have Not, In a Lonely Place, The Caine Mutiny, Sabrina, and several others that showcase Bogart’s superb acting talents including Black Legion, High Sierra, Key Largo, Beat the Devil, 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 lawyers, a writer, a gold prospector, a 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, followed by a plot analysis, critical views from film historians, and DVD/Blu-ray availability. A key to the ranking system helps the reader to select what film to view at his or her leisure. Highlighting more than 35 films, The Essential Humphrey Bogart is a must companion to 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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