Why I Love Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart came into my life in the seventies and never left. I’ve watched The Maltese Falcon (the greatest detective movie ever made) probably more than 50 times. It’s my go to movie if I’m snowed in, bummed out or just because. The movie always gives me an ‘all’s right with the world feeling’ because of the kind of man Bogie was and the kind of characters he portrayed.
A new book, Tough without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart explores the mystique of this actor who died in 1957. The NY Times review says it best: “Bogart’s appeal was and remains completely adult — so adult that it’s hard to believe he was ever young. If men who take responsibility are hard to come by in films these days, it’s because they’re hard to come by, period, in an era when being a kid for life is the ultimate achievement”. They just don’t make ‘em like Bogie anymore. Pity.

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