He was totally unflappable… “Couldn’t phase him” as they say. Because once I went to a party at the Bogart’s house and Humphrey was in Africa, I think, making a film with John Huston. I think the African Queen but I’m not entirely certain… Whatever it was, he wasn’t there… And I had dinner with Betty Bogart, she was then known Betty Bacall, Lauren Bacall, and my wife Sybil and Emlyn Williams.. and perhaps twenty other people. And I became absolutely paralyzed with drink, absolutely fractured. And I finally passed out and they put me on a settee and abandoned me. So Emlyn went home with Sibyl and I was left, the party finally disintegrated… And I woke in the morning [and] standing there was one of the biggest gossips in Hollywood. …There I was at, shall we say, 9:30 in the morning, Bogie being in Sicily or Africa, Betty being upstairs, there I was. What was i doing there? So naturally the word spread around from this lady and the columnists picked it up… I said to Lauren Bacall “You better write to Bogie and explain that I did it again” or something like that… So anyway, it dissolved as they say in the business and I was in London and Humphrey Bogart had come back from wherever he was and they were all staying at the Dorchester and Lauren Bacall was there as well. And so I went to meet Bogie… Lauren Bacall can be very wicked, said “Get into his pajamas”… So she got his pajamas out and I got into Bogie’s pajamas and I was sitting there.. And Bogie came home from work and he passed me, he said “Hi kid”, went into the next room. I felt such a fool he hadn’t said anything. Bogie came back in - a joke has never fallen flatter in all its life. And finally I had to say, “Bogie I’m wearing your pajamas” and he said “Ah, so you are kid. Take ‘em off”.
During the filming of Dark Passage, Lauren Bacall had hurt the feelings of cameraman, Sid Hickox after of a comment made about the way he filmed one of the scenes. So director Delmer Daves decided to show Bacall that she knew less about film making than she was beginning to believe.
“I decided to teach Betty a lesson. We lined up for her last scene in the film- one in which Bogie is suposed to telephone her from a bus depot and she gets the call in her apartment. Since it was an important scene, she was anticipating a big close-up, but I told her we were going to photograph her from the back so that the audience could imagine what was going on in her mind. ‘With my back to the camera?’ she said. Tears came into her eyes, but she was a great sport about it and rehearsed it, even though her voice was trembling and she was fighting to hold back the tears. That broke me up and I relented. ‘For God’s sake, Betty, we’re lit for the front,’ I told her . ‘I just wanted to teach you a lesson because you were so cruel to Sid’ ‘I know I was.’ Tears started to come into her eyes, which was just perfect, and that’s how we shot the scene. A few minutes later Bogie came on the set. He saw her sobbing and followed her to her dressing room. When it was time for him to come on set, he had on his great Bogie face- no emotion. Usually, he was a one-take actor, but this time he kept blowing his lines and apologizing. We finally got the scene after eight takes and Bogie came over and said ‘I’m sorry about letting you down but you know what was bothering me. Betty told me what happened, and the kid can still break me up. But I think you did the right thing. Maybe she was getting a bit too big in the britches.’ “
-Delmer Daves, director of Dark Passage.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HUMPHREY BOGART & LAUREN BACALL
One night in 1953, Bogie, John Huston and some other friends were shooting the breeze rather tipsily about life and its meaning and the question arose as to whether there was any time of their lives they’d like to live over again. All of them except Bogie came up with cynical answers. Somebody said, “God forbid”. Somebody else: that he’d only like to cancel out a couple of times. Then Bogie spoke. “Yes, there’s a time I’d like to relive- the years that I have had with Betty.”
-Joe Hyams, Bogart & Bacall.
I was a kid in love for the first time. I was easy for me - I knew nothing about pitfalls. I was giving nothing but myself and I could do that without qualm. Never in my life had or has a man cared so much for me, wanted so much to protect me, surrond me with life’s joys, share everything. It made me want to return the care- to show him it was possiblle to be really happy with a woman, to give him children. I was determined to do that.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall between rehearsals for a 1946 Lux Radio Theater adaptation of To Have and Have Not, in which both actors revisited their original screen roles.
“Physically, I’m not tough. I may think tough. I would say I’m kinda tough and calloused inside. I could use a foot more in height and fifty more pounds and fifteen years off my age and then God help all you bastards.” - Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall attend the premiere of ‘The Desperate Hours’ , October 10, 1955.
[He was] absolutely dead on of pricking the bubble of pomposity in other people.
I remember there was a lawyer in Hollywood. He was very much a ladies man: a great mouthful of teeth, handsome and always very tanned, beautiful hair and everything. And he escorted all the between marriages stars everywhere. And Bogie and I went to this party… There was a dance and they put up a marquee tent and all that. And so Bogie and I just sat… and this fellow [the lawyer] was dancing with various ladies and obviously “chatting them up”, as they say in England. And, um, Bogie said… “Let’s just stare at him, the two of us”… And neither of us took our eyes off this guy. And he danced around the floor… and wherever he went… we just looked at him. And finally you could see the fellow fall apart. He left and went and sat quietly in the corner!
Humphrey Bogart in a publicity photo for Black Legion (1937)
when guys are dressed in suits and they unbutton the top of their shirt and they undo their bowtie but keep it hanging under their collar and maybe they roll up their sleeves a bit and their hair is all disheveled and
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart arrive in London, after the filming of ‘The African Queen’ in Africa (1951)
Humphrey Bogart visiting the composing room of the New York Daily News in preparation for his role in Deadline–USA (1952, dir. Richard Brooks)
Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart on the set of The African Queen