1957 – Humphrey Bogart dies

One of the silver screen’s all time great tough guys – and romantic leading men – Bogart was 57 years old when he died. In a film career that included 75 feature movies over three decades, Bogart was in some of the best films ever made: The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and, of course, Casablanca.

Bogart was the original leader of the Rat Pack, among other accomplishments – he also won an Oscar for his role in The African Queen. In 1999, decades after his death, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema – a claim that remains hard to argue with.

Referenced in:
Done Too Soon — Neil Diamond

1948 – “Key Largo” premieres

A classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Key Largo was adapted from a successful Broadway play written by Maxwell Anderson. The play originally ran in 1939 and 1940 for 105 performances on Broadway. Several changes were made from the original to the screenplay, which was written by John Huston and Richard Brooks, and also directed by Huston.

The film was the fourth (and final) onscreen teaming of Bogart and Bacall. It netted Claire Trevor an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and grossed over eight million dollars in its American run. It is now recognised as one of the greatest films of the film noir era, and a classic of American cinema.

Referenced in:

Key Largo — Bertie Higgins