Thursday, October 18, 2012

Your Favorite Bogie Movie

And I gotta go with Casablanca here because damn, it's one of my favorite movies. Maybe the very favorite. What about you? There is an awfully long and great list to choose from.


38 comments:

James Reasoner said...

Casablanca for me, too, although there are so many good ones.

Courtney Joyner said...

Tough; IN A LONELY PLACE, TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE, ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, KEY LARGO, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, CASABLANCA are front runners, surely; but then Bogie as back-up: THE ROARING 20's, MARKED WOMAN, BULLETS OR BALLOTS, THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES - the Bogie "B" - KING OF THE UNDERWORLD - aw, who's kidding who?
It's gotta be THE OKLAHOMA KID!

Anonymous said...

Ditto, Patti. Since it is just about my favorite movie (certainly top 5) it is a no brainer. But I'd put THE MALTESE FALCON in there too.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Wow, I don't think I have ever seen THE OKLAHOMA KID. IN A LONELY PLACE is a terrific choice too.

Al Tucher said...

I have to go with THE BIG SLEEP. It doesn't even matter that to this day I have no idea what's going on.

Greg Daniel said...

CASABLANCA is definitely my favorite. But the one I watch EVERY time I come across it on TCM is ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Going through the list of his films on IMDG, I doubt I have seen more films by any other actor. At least ten of them are A movies.

Kieran Shea said...

DEAD RECKONING

But, of course, I've always been partial to his appearance in:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slick_Hare

Olivia V. Ambrogio said...

CASABLANCA *is* excellent, but I'm also a huge fan of ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, which I think has to be my favorite (in what other comedy-gangster-Nazi flick will you hear the main character compare poor cheesecake to mucilage?). And THE PETRIFIED FOREST is a pretty good one too.

James Reasoner said...

I have a real fondness for ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT since it was the first Bogart film I ever saw. Pure entertainment.

Charles Gramlich said...

Casablanca is the only one I've ever tried to watch and I got most of the way through it, so I guess it would be that one. :)

Ben said...

I gotta go with Lady in the Lake. This whole experiment-gone-wrong feeling to it never gets old for me.

Dana King said...

I tend to forget how great a movie CASABLANCA is until I stumble across it channel surfing and find I have to watch to the end, no matter where I picked it up.

But my favotrite is still THE MALTESE FALCON.

pattinase (abbott) said...

The Maltese Falcon is probably one of the tightest movies anyone ever did. And the cast is just perfect. If you read the book, he seems to have written it with Peter Lorre in mind especially.
Haven't seen LADY in years. That's the one where it's all through his eyes, right?

Thomas Pluck said...

You gotta love Casablanca and Maltese Falcon, maybe The Big Sleep (I saw it before reading any Chandler, so I am not as critical of the character changes).
But I like BAD Bogie as well. Not just his early stuff like The Petrified Forest, but amazing In a Lonely Place, where he plays a man so consumed with rage over being condescended to that he may have murdered a woman, and even he isn't sure. Yeah, that one hits home with me.
The Caine Mutiny is brilliant, and I can watch that a hundred times. Probably his best role.
But my favorite to watch is To Have and to Have Not, where he and Lauren Bacall are practically falling in love on screen. Hell, it's choking this old softy up just thinking about it...

Deb said...

I didn't think Bogart was in The Lady in the Lake--thought that was Robert Montgomery.

In order: The Big Sleep, In A Lonely Place, and Treasure of the Suerra Madre.

Deb said...

Years ago I read an interview with Geraldine Fitzgerald who said that Bogart told her not to be picky about roles, to take whatever the studios sent her, and that eventually she'd do some great movies and no one would remember the junk; but if she didn't do a lot of movies, the classics would pass her by. Perhaps that's why Bogart made so many movies--he was following his own advice.

Rick Ollerman said...

"To Have and Have Not"--just too many great scenes, but it can't be by more than a nose over "Casablanca" or "The Big Sleep."

Richard R. said...

CASABLANCA, THE BIG SLEEP THE MALTESE FALCON, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT. I guess it depends on which one I'm in the mood for or which one is to hand, I love them all. If I could only ever see one of them ever again, I guess it would be CASABLANCA.

George said...

I've always been a fan of THE AFRICAN QUEEN. And, although this is cheating, I love Bogart in Woody Allen's PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM.

Walker Martin said...

I've seen just about all Bogart's films, many of them several times. Reading the above comments makes me realize once again that he was a great actor, certainly one of the very best. I'll pick THE BIG SLEEP as my favorites.

Cap'n Bob said...

The Maltese Falcon. And yes, Deb, it was Robert Taylor in The Lady in the Lake.

Dan_Luft said...

I don't think I saw the Caine Mutiny mentioned above. Even in a supporting role he owned the movie.

Charlieopera said...

Casablanca, definitely.

Erik Donald France said...

Lots of good ones, yas! Very scary in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and the first of his I first saw as a little kid so it had the most lasting impact.

Anonymous said...

Robert Montgomery, not Taylor, Cap'n. He also directed.

I'll ehco whoever said that whenever I come across CASABLANCA I will start watching no matter what it is up to. Ingrid Bergman was never more gorgeous.

"You played it for her, you can play it for me. If she can stand it, so can I. Play it!"

Jeff M.

Naomi Johnson said...

Casablanca is my #1 Bogie movie, no question. But picking #2 is a lot harder. So many good ones: The Big Sleep, African Queen, Key Largo, To Have and Have Not, All Through the Night, In a Lonely Place, Across the Pacific, and on and on. And he does comedy so beautifully in We're No Angels.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Heck, I even liked him in Sabrina.

Richard S. Wheeler said...

To this day I wear a trench coat and fedora.

Kent said...

IN A LONELY PLACE, followed closely by CASABLANCA, with THE BIG SLEEP and THE MALTESE FALCON tied for third.

And even though it's not a Bogart movie, I'm going to toss PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM in there, because I can.

Anders E said...

I too checked him on IMDb, and what an absolutely amazing filmography that is. If I have to choose one favourite it's TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE.

And I have a soft spot for his very last ones. THE DESPERATE HOURS and THE HARDER THEY FALL are both excellent.

pattinase (abbott) said...

YOu can never go wrong in a trench coat and fedora. Very few bad movies-he chose wisely.

John said...

A toss up between IN A LONELY PLACE and TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE.

Deb is right. Bogart WAS NOT in Lady in the Lake. That was Robert Montgomery. How can anyone confuse them?

Todd Mason said...

DARK PASSAGE, and not just because no one else has plumped for it. The best pairing with Bacall, I think.

I have a sneaking fondness for THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA from seeing it as a very young youth. Never have sat through it again, though I've landed on it occasionally over the years. BEAT THE DEVIL is fun, as well, and the flaws in his great tentpoles (such as Astor in THE MALTESE FALCON) don't diminish them enough to make them not great.

Anthony Ambrogio said...

I was gratified to see how many of this blog's readers regard ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT as their favorite Bogart film. It is absolutely great (and, in so many ways, a warm-up for CASABLANCA--which, to be fair, should be left out of this consideration, since it is practically in a class by itself). I love THE ROARING TWENTIES, but it's not really Bogart's movie, dominated as it is by Cagney (ditto ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES)--although Bogart does have a great line near the beginning, one that encapsulates his character, when Jeffrey Lynn refuses to shoot a German soldier because "he looks like he's 15"; Bogart shoots him and says, "He won't see 16." (I'm going by memory here, so I may have the ages wrong.) Now, DEAD END, on the other hand is a great ensemble movie in which Bogart plays Baby Face Martin, a criminal who learns the hard way that You Can't Go Home Again.

Barry Ergang said...

Fred C. Dobbs in "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is his greatest role, to my mind. At the close of the scene around the campfire, when the camera goes in for a closeup, you can see the madness in his eyes.

I love most of the major films he starred in at Warners, and later ones from the Fifties like "The Caine Mutiny" and "The African Queen," but one of my all-time-favorites is what's probably regarded as a lesser film: the comical action mystery "All Through the Night," in which Runyonesque characters battle Nazis in New York City.

Cap'n Bob said...

Curse me for a whitling, I meant to type Robert Montgomery. Really I did.

pattinase (abbott) said...

All right. I have to get my hands on ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT.