Today I finally broke down and purchased a DVD of Casablanca (1942), surely one of the greatest American films ever made. It set me on a train of thought about its star, Humphrey Bogart, always one of my favorites. I thought I would give you a list of my eleven favorite Bogie films in the order they were filmed:
- High Sierra (1941), directed by Raoul Walsh, one of the greats. Co-starring Ida Lupino in one of her best roles.
- The Maltese Falcon (1941), directed by John Huston. With Mary Astor. A classic.
- Casablanca (1942), directed by Michael Curtiz. Co-starring Ingrid Bergman. One of the best-loved American films of the 1940s.
- To Have and Have Not (1944), directed by Howard Hawks. Co-starring Lauren Bacall. Based on the Hemingway novel.
- The Big Sleep (1946), directed by Howard Hawks. To my mind Bogie’s best starring role, with Lauren Bacall. Based on the Raymond Chandler novel.
- Dark Passage (1947), directed by Delmer Daves, with Lauren Bacall. Based on a great novel by David Goodis.
- Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), directed by John Huston.
- Key Largo (1948), directed by John Huston. Co-starring Lauren Bacall.
- In a Lonely Place (1950), directed by Nicholas Ray. Co-starring Gloria Grahame.
- The African Queen (1951), directed by John Huston. Co-starring Katherine Hepburn.
- Beat the Devil (1953), directed by John Huston. Co-starring Jennifer Jones. A rare offbeat comedy.
Now I am going to sit down and see Casablanca again … and I will, I am sure, love it again.