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 . . .
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...
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...