Circuit 3: Humphrey Bogart


My very favorite actor of all time, Humphrey DeForest Bogart, was born on Christmas Day, 1899 (though some believe Warner Brothers created this as a fictional birthday to help glamorize the actor). Bogie began his career on Broadway during the 20s and 30s. His first big film success came when he played Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936), a performance that spawned a serious of tough-guy roles for the young actor. 1941 would make him a star, however, when he had leading turns in High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon.

His super-stardom reached its pinnacle the following year when he starred as the cynical Rick Blaine in Casablanca (my personal choice for the best film ever made). Casablanca was Bogart’s first romantic lead, and earned him his first Academy Award nomination. He continued to turn out classic after classic, including To Have and Have Not (1944); The Big Sleep (1946); Dark Passage (1947); Key Largo (1948); The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); In a Lonely Place (1950); The African Queen (1951), for which he won the Academy Award; Sabrina (1954); and The Caine Mutiny (1954), for which he received his third and final Academy Award nomination.

His final film was Mark Robson’s The Harder They Fall (1956). After a long battle with cancer of the esophagus, Bogie died on January 14, 1957, shortly after turning 57 years old. Entertainment Weekly magazine and The American Film Institute have named him the number one movie legend of all time. I can’t disagree.

My Circuit 3 for Humphrey Bogart:

  1. Casablanca (1942)
  2. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  3. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

What are your three favorite/best Bogart films? You can view his entire filmography here.