Humphrey Bogart-A great actor!
I like Humphrey Bogart. To many, Humphrey Bogart, is not a well known name. His movies dates from the 30's to the 50's. He had a cool attitude and did not buckle under pressure. His forte was gangster movies, but there were a couple in which he was a good guy. One such movie is Sahara. It is based on World War II and Bogart plays a sargent. That movie would have not made it to the big screen, nowadays, because it was not PC (Politically correct). There are scenes in which he used slang names against the enemy, nevertheless, Sahara was, well made! It had a really great plot.
Bogart as a good guy!
Sahara was a movie of hope. Bogart had a run down tank, but never lose hope that his vehicle could help him win the war. It is based on the Sahara desert. Bogart and his crew meet up with some British soldiers. Together, they are looking for water and a way back to connect to their units. The plot thickens when they find an Italian soldier, who is lost on the Sahara desert.
Bogart, reluctantly, takes the soldier. After that, it has some events that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Sahara is, definitely, a movie you want to take time to see. Other movies were made where Bogart was a good guy. One that I can remember was -The harder they fall. In that movie, he plays a reporter who tries a promote a boxer from Argentina.
This boxer is a former circus strongman, but doesn't know how to box. A crooked promoter( A young Rod Steiger) fixes his fights and pays Bogart, who is a reporter, a fee to promote his fights. At the end, Bogart, does his great deed of the day. I am, not going, to tell you so that you'll see the movie. That deed, earned Bogart the title of Mr. Nice guy in my book!
Bogart as a bad guy!
One of my all time favorite was Dead End. In it, we see the Dead end Kids. These kids winded up having a series of pictures done with such classics as Angels with Dirty faces and Crime school. In Dead End, Humphrey Bogart was classic as a gangster who had plastic surgery and returned to his neighborhood. In that movie, the kids were idolizing him and had one person from the neighborhood concerned.
Bogart, in this movie, shows his tender side. He meets up with his mother but she does not recognize him. When Bogart reveals his identity, expecting his mother to give him a warm welcome, he winds up getting a slap in the face. The mom, then says, that she has no son. This, in turn, hardens him and the story starts to get interesting. Great movie to watch.
Another was Angels with Dirty Faces. Although the main star was James Cagney, Bogart shined in his role as a crooked lawyer. Cagney and Bogart's acting seems to complement each other. This movie,indeed, was a classic. For more on this, check out my hub on Angels with dirty faces.
Although, I can mention other actors, Bogart is top of the line. He had a style of talking which was unique. His sayings were witty and, at times, exhibited a sense of humor. Sadly, he died of throat cancer but Bogart's acting is here to stay. His movies will attest to the talent and style that few actors have. So, take some time to see some of his movies and appreciate his talent. Humprey Bogart-A GREAT ACTOR!
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