Bogart’s Beginnings

Bogart’s Beginnings

9 Episodes

Before he was Bogie, Humphrey Bogart was just another workaday character actor struggling to break out of the Warner Bros. stock company. After getting a late start in the film industry, he went through periods of unemployment throughout the early 1930s before attracting attention for his turn as a ruthless gangster opposite Bette Davis in THE PETRIFIED FOREST. Typecast as a tough-guy villain in gritty crime dramas like MARKED WOMAN and DEAD END, Bogart gradually honed his legendary persona—sardonic, wounded, and world-weary—so that when the A-list at last beckoned in the early forties, he was more than ready for his close-up. The rest, as they say, is history . . .

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Bogart’s Beginnings
  • Bogart’s Beginnings Teaser

    Episode 1

  • How Bogart Became a Star

    Episode 2

    Film historian Eddy Von Mueller discusses Humphrey Bogart's unexpected rise to stardom.

  • Three on a Match

    Episode 3

    Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1932 • United States
    Starring Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, Warren William

    Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, and Ann Dvorak star as three grammar school friends who remain close even as they grow into very different women in this pre-Code drama. Ten years after graduating, har...

  • The Petrified Forest

    Episode 4

    Directed by Archie Mayo • 1937 • United States
    Starring Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart

    A run-down diner bakes in the Arizona heat. Inside, fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweats out a manhunt, holding disillusioned writer Alan Squier, young Gabby Maple and a handful of others hostage. A...

  • Kid Galahad

    Episode 5

    Directed by Michael Curtiz • 1937 • United States
    Starring Bette Davis, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart

    Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart star in this hard-edged exposé of the boxing underworld. Robinson is the enterprising boxing promoter who endeavors to turn a promising...

  • Marked Woman

    Episode 6

    Directed by Lloyd Bacon • 1937 • United States
    Starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane

    No one rats on mobster Johnny Vanning. That’s the message delivered to every would-be stoolie when Vanning’s henchmen slash a gangland insignia on Mary Dwight’s face. The real-life saga of sex workers...

  • Dead End

    Episode 7

    Directed by William Wyler • 1937 • United States
    Starring Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart

    William Wyler’s striking adaptation of the hit Broadway play by Sidney Kingsley is a vivid panorama of life on the streets of New York’s Lower East Side. Humphrey Bogart plays Baby Face Martin, ...

  • Black Legion

    Episode 8

    Directed by Archie Mayo • 1937 • United States
    Starring Humphrey Bogart, Dick Foran, Ann Sheridan

    During the Great Depression, factory worker Frank Taylor (Humphrey Bogart) is passed over for a promotion that goes to Joe Dombrowski (Henry Brandon), a hard-working Polish immigrant. Feeling cheate...

  • Dark Victory

    Episode 9

    Directed by Edmund Goulding • 1939 • United States
    Starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, George Brent

    Bette Davis’s bravura, moving-but-never-morbid performance as Judith Traherne, a dying heiress determined to find happiness in her few remaining months, remains a three-hankie classic. But that...