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Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)


  1. Charles Farrell, The Man Who Came Back, 1931.   Lured to Hollywood  with the Fox promise of the lead role, Bogie wound being hired by director Raoul Walsh as voice-coach (lisp and all) to  Farrell.
  2. Walter  Huston, The Prizefighter and The  Lady, 1933.   Bette Davis had wanted to make it with Bogie.  Read into that what you will. 
  3. Rollo Lloyd, Anthony Adverse, 1935.   For the film of Hervey Allen's 1,244 page blockbuster novel, Bogie (and J Carrol Naish) were tested for Napoleon Bonaparte. Here’s looking at you, Josephine!.
  4. William Holden, Invisible Stripes, 1938.  The brothers Warner (well, head boy Jack) bought the novel by Sing Sing Prison warden Lewis E Lawes for Bogart, Cagney, Garfield. They weren’t keen on supporting George Raft. And the parole drama was finally made with Paramount’s golden boy.
  5. George Brent, The Old Maid, 1939.   Poor Bogie!  Snared as the rferee between Bette Davis and her nemesis, Miriam Hopkins, he  made sure he got dropped. ... (The first Mrs Bpgart (for 17 months), Helen Menken, had starred in the 1935 Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play). One legend  is  that Bogie  was sacked after two (some said, four) days for not being the type two women would fall for.. Warner Bros said no, no, he had to report to Dust Be My Destiny  - he never djd as John Garfield already had the top role.
  6. Burgess Meredith, Of Mice and Men, 1939.   Paradoxically, the first film of a John Steinbeck work came from “presenter” Hal Roach’s comedy studio. Following the success of the Depression era play in 1937-1938, there was quite a battle for the two itinerant workers - Bogart and Cagney cited for George, with Broderick Crawford repeating his Broadway role of the mentally challenged  Lennie. However, director Lewis Milestone – an ex-itinerant worker, himself - was praised and scorned for choosing the largely unknown Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr.But was Warners saying  no to Bogart.  He was required to play gangsters with Jimmy Cagney in The Roaring Twenties!
  7. Joseph Calleia, My Little Chickadee, 1939.   Second  banana was passable, but third to  Mae West and WC Fields - Warner quickly refused Universal’s offer. (Much earlier, Bogart had worked with Fatty Arbuckle on stage in Baby Mine).
  8. Clay Clement, Granny Get Your Gun, 1939. Title of the year…! Bogie was in and out as Riff Daggett in a whodunnit stolen by May Robson as the titular boxer). Bogart, in an iron lung sacrificing his batteries and his life, turned mix of Miss Marple and Annie Oakley. (From a Perry Mason tale by Erle Stanley Gardner). Robson was so busy at 82, that the production had to wait for her to finish Four Wives.
  9. Lloyd Nolan, The House Across The Bay, 1940. Warner threw out  Fox-Walter Wanger’s offer for a key role opposite  his wife, Joan Bennett.
  10. John  Garfield, Out of the Fog, 1941.  Bogie knew Irwin Shaw’s play (The Gentle People) and  wanted  to play Goff. However,  Ida Lupinio refused to work with him again, alleging verbal abuse during High Sierra. Hence, the Warner memo:  “Casting  Garfield...  would relieve us of the problem of convincing Lupino to play with Bogart.”  “The studio lied,” said Lupino. “They didn’t like me, nor Bogart, nor Flynn.”   They were  too popular with fans.

  11. Edward G Robinson, Manpower, 1941.  “This is the second time I’ve been kept out of good  picture and a good part by an actor refusing to work with me,” cabled a "hurt" Bogart to production chief Hal Wallis. Culprit this time was George Raft. “I  tried to get George to tell me what he was angry about... but he  wouldn’t  tell  me.”  Quite simple, really.  He was The Star (!) and he wouldn’t work with Bogart, so there! Because he was doing far too well with Raft’s cast–offs. Maltese Falcon was another. In all, Bogie made magic of nine Raft refusals. Nine!   (In their five films together, Bogie killed Robinson once, Robinson kills Bogart once  and they killed each other twice).
  12. Richard Whorf, Blues in the Night, 1941.   Probably the only movie refused by both Bogart and George Raft.  Usually Bogie took over Raft’s (stupid) leavings.  That’s how he became a world star while people still say… George Who?   The role was pianist Jigger Lane, forming a jazz band with musicians he found himself in jail with. (Including a clarinetist played by…  Elia Kazan!)  Also passing on Jigger were John Garfield and Anthony Quinn.  Head brother Jack Warner wanted Quinn, showed him the script. Whaddyer think? ‘Well, Jack,” began Quinn. Warner stopped him right there with a curt  “Forget it!”  Moral: You don’t call the boss, Jack – even if you are Cecil B DeMille’s son-in-law!
  13. Dennis Morgan, Bad Men of Missouri, 1941.  "Are you kidding?" rasped Bogie. He’d already proved he was not Western fodder in Virginia City, three years earlier. “Since Lupino and Raft are casting pictures maybe I can.”  He could not. Head Brother Jack Warner suspended him - but sprung him loose damn fast for The Maltese Falcon.  
  14. Raymond Massey, Arsenic and Old Lace,o get  1941..  Boris Karloff was the Broadway Jonathan and a vital part of the play’s success. To protect his investment,  he refused to leave the play for the movie (already starring three others from the cast). The brothers Warner suggested a real Bogie-man in his place.  (And they wondered why he complained about the roles offered him!). Once Karloff signed a deal allowing the thje use ope his name, he made  money than any of them, having invested in the  stage production. , Massey played the role. But Cary Grant was the film. 
  15. Cary Grant,  Once Upon A Time, 1943.    The one about a nine-year-old lad with... a dancing caterpillar! Bogie’s partner was to be Rita Hayworth. Then, Brian Donlevy got her - not for long. Finally it was Grant and Janet Blair living happily ever after.
  16. Dennis Morgan, God Is My Test Pilot, 1945.  Warner’s first choice for the Colonel Robert Lee Scott Jr biopic was Gary Cooper.  Then, Grant (almost offered as many pilots as musicals) or Humphrey Bogart… or even Scott, himself.  Scott was a WWII fighter pilot hero - his dream, since the age of eight. Naturally, the USAF refused to release  him . Because as you might remember, Hollywood…  there’s a war on!!  (A 1989 episode  of the Coming of Age series, was called Todd Is My Co-Pilot).
  17. Charles Boyer, Confidential Agent, 1945. Bogie and Eleanor Powell  were  exchanged for Boyer  and Lauren  Bacall  in the Graham Greene story. 
  18. Zachary Scott, Mildred Pierce, 1945.    Warners bought it for Bogart and Stanwyck.
  19. Robert Alda, The Man I Love, 1945.  Bogie and Ann Sheridan churning into Alda and Ida Lupino made as much sense as the originally titled Why Was I Born? Be oming The Man I Love!  (Not released until 1947).
  20. John Garfield, Nobody Lives Forever, 1946.    For once, Bogie refused a role. And for why? The original title of the WR Burnett pulp explains all: I Wasn’t Born Yesterday.

  21. Peter Lorre, The Three Strangers, 1945.    Warner Bros wanted a Maltese Falconsequel - and fast! The classic’s auteurJohn Huston reminded the suits of the script they bought from him and Howard Koch in 1937 - announced for Bette Davis and George Brent in 1939. “Perfect,” declared Huston, ”we just change the names of the Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet and Mary Astor characters.” Great, yelled the suits. They yelled louder when hitting the glitch: Warner only had rights to the names (Sam Spade, Kasper Gutman, Brigid O’Shaughnessy) in the Falcolntale. A re-make was OK, not a sequel.  Falconites Greenstreet andf Lorre led the final cast with Geraldine Fitzgerald. When Huston joined WWII, Alfred Hitchcock was keen on the script, but Jean Negulesco was cheaper.
  22. Dennis Morgan, Cheyenne, 1946.   Horse-operas were not Bogie’s thing (as his two oaters proved). Give him a car - better still, a boat - and he was fine. Horses, nah! And, anywyay, not in a film first called Wyoming Kid! A pity because this surprisingly tame Raoul Walsh Western badly needed an A Star. Or even two. 
  23. Dane Clark, Deep Valley, 1946.  As the roles were better than the script, Bogie, John Garfield and Ann Sheridan took a hike, giving their embittered trio to Clark, Wayne Morris and Ida Lupino. Indeed, Ida was so fed up of her treatment at Warner Bros, that she ran away after this mess. And while she continued acting she also became a damned good director.
  24. Zachary Scott, Stallion Road, 1946.   A vet and a novelist (sounds like the start of a dirty joke) (and, indeed, the film was exactly that) compete for horse breeder Alexis Smith.  Bogie was wise to hand his writer to Scott. The vet was … Ronald Reagan. 
  25. Robert Mitchum, Out of the Past (UK: Build My Gallows High), 1947. Author Daniel Mainwaring (aka Geoffrey Holmes) admitted much of the Gallows novel was lifted from The Maltese Falcon. So, naturally, he wanted Sam Spade to be Jeff Bailey.  Bogie passed (after Pat O’Brien), and Bailey went on to John Garfield, Dick Powell and, on loan from Paramount, the future Tarzan Lex Barker.  Mitchum made it a classic. 
  26. Dennis Morgan, To The Victor, 1948.    Marked for Bogie - or Garfield  - until the studio cut costs and imposed Morgan, ruining the rock and role of Richard Brooks’  first script for Warner.
  27. Raymond Burr, Pitfall, 1948.    They called him  crazy when   director André De  Toth dared reject Bogie... “I wasn’t looking for a Bogart picture. I want to photograph life, real characters, not movie stars who overshadow everything because that can never be a true picture of life. But we couldn’t find a MacDonald... We went through all the standard heavies.  Finally, the casting agent came to my office, a little fellow carrying a satchel full of photographs, so many I'm surprised he didn't get a hernia carrying it around. He couldn't hold it upright, so pictures started to fall out... a waterfall of black-and-white glossies. And I noticed one on the floor right next to my foot. Raymond Burr,  I said: That's him. That’s the one.’ I’d never seen him act but he was the right look, big, kinda handsome, but also a little scary. I couldn't tell from the picture that he was a very nice guy - which, of course, didn’t matter - and very soft spoken, which was perfect.”
  28. Burt Lancaster, Rope of Sand, 1948.     Lancaster’s least favourite movie. “I did that thing under great duress. I hated it.” Not helped by co-star Corinne Calvet thowing up all over him in one scene! She took the day off and he never mentioned it on her return. In fact, she said, he gave her much encouragement, leading to her 40-year success in La La Land.
  29. Gary Cooper,The Fountainhead, 1949. Barbara Stanwyck got Warner to buy Ayn Rand’s unintentionally hilarious individualism v collectivism tract, for Bogart and her. “When they assigned [director] King Vidor, naturally his idea of casting was completely different.” Hewanted the Bogie and Bacall hit team.Rynd insisted on Cooperand Jack Warner’s office was indundated with mail protesting about havingthe “Red” Bacall in an anti-Communist tale! New York Times critic Bosley Crowther buried the mess under wordy, involved and pretentious.A major flop blamed on Coop being being too old at 47 for the 20-something architect hero (Bogie was 49!). Plus none of the cast seemed to understand their dialogue.
  30. Broderick Crawford, All The King’s Men, 1949. According to Los Angeles Daily News - July 3, 1947 - Bogie was first choice to play Willie Stark (based on Huey Long, Louisiana’s controversial, 1928-1932 governor-cum-dictator), in director Robert Rossen’s script of Robert Penn Warrnen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The scenario was alson sent to John Wayne, who considered it anti-American. He wrote back to his agent, Charles K Feldman:   “You can take this script and shove it up Robert Rossen's derrière.” Wayne’s tirade led to Rossen being called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1951. He took the Fifth Amendment. Columbia Picures severed all connections with him and and bought up his rights and residuals in the films he made for the studio, including King's Men and The Brave Bulls. Two years later, a cowed Rossen named 57 Hollywoodians who had once belonged to the Communist Party.

  31. Dick Powell, Cry Danger, 1950. Bogie’s  company, Santana Pictures, bought the story for The Boss in 1948.  (Movie stars don’t buy properties for others).  But when Robert Parrish took the helm, Bogie lost the third Philip Marlowe (circa 1944)… and gained the second (circa 1943).
  32. Broderick Crawford, Born Yesterday, 1950.    Hard-nosed Harry Cohn was fond of  Bogie,  even before moving his Santana  company to Columbia.   “King” Cohn  saw  him as  Harry Brock in the first  Hollywood property bought for $lm.   (Bogart got the same again by selling Santana to Cohn).  He made his final film, The Harder They Fall, for Cohn. Among the few to know of Bogie's cancer,  Cohn  kept announcing him for CS  Forester's The Good Shepherd and phoned him about it every week until his death. “You know,” said Bogart,  “that tough old bastard wouldn't call if he thought I wasn’t going to make it.”
  33. Broderick Crawford, Scandal Sheet, 1951. Or The Dark Page when Sam Fuller wrote his first novel - headed towards Broderick Crawford with William Holden or John Payne - before Howard Hawks paid $15,000 for it... After completing Red River, 1946, The Silver Fox planned the Fuller thriller (reporter investigates his editor’s crime) for Cary Grant and Edward G Robinson Or Cary and Humphrey Bogart!!! Or, Dennis O’Keefe and Orson Welles. Hawks dropped it. Phil Karlson picked it up to reunite the 1949 stars of All The King’s Men, Crawford and John Derek.  
  34. Gregory Peck, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1951.   Bogie, Brando, or outsiders Richard Conte and Dale Robertson - didn’t matter who was Harry Street. Because author Ernest Hemingway disliked the movie for  swiping chapters from his other novels to pump up  his  simple tale of a dying Peck  mulling over a wasted career. Hemingway, however, adored Ava Gardner.  “And  the hyena!” 
  35. Dick Powell, Cry Danger, 1951.   Bogie’s Santana Pictures bought Jerome Cady’s story for who else but The Boss. However, Powell made it for Olympic Productions, directed it as well - although giving that credit to ex-editor Robert Parrish.
  36. Burt Lancaster, Come Back Little Sheba, 1952.   A great role. No wonder Bogie wanted it to follow his Oscar-winning African Queen, 1951. He was the right age,   Burt was much younger and chasing an Oscar. Studio politics won  the day: producerHal Wallis had Lancaster under contract.  Burt  was not even nominated and co-star Shirley Booth stole the Oscar and all other honours - in  her screen debut.
  37. Sterling Hayden, Crime Wave, 1952.   Head Brother Jack Warner is screaming at director André De Toth.  “What the hell are you thinking of?  I offered you Bogart and Ava Gardner, the biggest names. You don't want ‘em...!  Go ahead, Tex, make the goddamned picture with nobodies. Cut your own throat. But you'll have to shoot it in 15 days. Go on, get out!” De Toth was delighted at refusing Bogie a second time and getting his own way.  “Hayden was a better fit. He had a certain rumpled dignity. He wasn’t bigger than life like Bogart.” And he shot the thriller in  12 days - with Bogie .“it would have meant 30 days on location. I did it with Hayden in 12, without all the usual top star trimmings  on  the shoot  - caravans, lorries and girlfriends.”
  38. James Mason, A Star Is Born, 1953.
  39. Fredric March, The Bridges At Toko-Ri, 1954.  In the Paramount frame for  William Holden’s boss,  Rear Admiral George Tarrant, were: Bogie, Walter Abel, Walter Pidgeon, Spencer Tracy… even director Wild Bill Wellman.
  40. James Cagney, Love Me Or Leave Me, 1954.    Who should play the gangster husband of Ziegfeld Follies star Ruth Etting -  Cody Jarrett or  Mad Dog Roy  Earle?  Jarrett won… as Jimmy accepted what Bogie, Spencer Tracy  and Richard Widmark refused -  second billing to  Doris Day as the 30s’ shady  chanteuse Ruth Etting.  Cagney even suggested Doris for the role, far from all her future virgins. Her best work, she thought. Her fans, not so much. Doris lost an Oscar but won Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, as a result. 

  41. Broderick Crawford, Il bidone, Italy-France, 1955.  Bogie was already ill, Sinatra was a louse...Normally, Federico Fellini cast faces first (from photos of stars, actors, extra and amateurs) and their (dubbed) voices afterwards. He found his Augusto from All The King’s Men - not the film, but a vertically torn poster in Piazza Mazzini.  The hangdog look was perfect but who the hell was “Broderi”…? Fellini found out - and also about Broderi’s alcoholism which made shooting a living hell. The maestro wished he’d gone with either of the Paris suggestions, Pierre Fresnay or Jean Servais.
  42. John Wayne, Blood Alley, 1955.  Robert Mitchum had been sacked and before producer John Wayne took over he  asked Gregory Peck  (too busy) and Bogie - too pricey... even to co-star a fifth time with his wife, Lauren Bacall. “He was a very gentle soul. He was very strong, and very sure about what he believed in and what he thought was important and not important. He couldn’t be pushed around. But he was a gentle man. I was very, very lucky to have even met him, much less have been married to him.”  Bacall also co-starred in  Duke’s final film, The Shootist,  1975.
  43. Anthony Quinn, The Naked Street, 1955.      Independent producer Edward Small was thinking big. He wanted Bogie and Tony Curtis as the racketeer and his son-in-law. He got Quinn and Farley Granger. And lousy reviews.
  44. Dean Martin Hollywood or Bust, 1956.    Takes some believing but Dino became the Bogartian  con-man from the scenario tailored by Erna Lazarus for Bogie and Shirley Booth - re-tailored as the final Martin & Lewis movie by  Frank Tashlin.. Having made her debut in the duo’s  Money From Home, 1952, Pat Crowley from the returned for their adieux. (Anita Ekberg played Bust…) 
  45. Kirk Douglas, Top Secret  Affair,  1956.  Impossible due  to Bogie’s condition  following “throat surgery” after The Harder They  Fall  - his final  film.  Susan Hayward took over  the society lady while Bacall nursed Bogie on his deathbed.  He died on  January 14, 1957 from cancer of the esophagus. He was 57.
  46. Frank Sinatra, The Pride and the Passion, 1956.  Producer-director Stanley Kramer was "thinking fondly" of Bogart or the 25 years younger (!) Marlon  Brando as Cary Grant’s sidekick, Miguel.They both refused- what djd they know?  Soon as he heard Brando had passed, Sinatra rushed into the role… and wished he hadn‘t.   He eventually  walked out the “underwhelming” epic when he’d had enough…. (He had also won  Ava Gardner back in his arms. She had been up for the leading lady, won by Sophia Loren. Ava visited the Spanish shoot and made up with Old Blue Eyes after their latest tiff). "Hot or cold,” he told director Stanley Kramer, “Thursday I'm leaving the movie. So get a lawyer and sue me." Co-star Cary Grant was staggered by such unprofessionalism. Just as the Italian  was shocked that Loren preferred Grant to the Italian hm. Certainly,  Cary preferred her to Sinatra! i
  47. Richard Conte, The Brothers Rico, 1956.    Everything ground to a halt when Bogie rejected Georges Simenon’s creation of Eddie, the oldest and legit Rico, having to pull his two brothers’ nuts out of the fire. Bogie was done with gangsters.
  48. Kirk Douglas, Gunfight at the OK Corral, 1957. Nearly his first Western since Virginia City, 1940. Director John Sturges always visualised Bogie as Doc Holliday... who was also dying. Next?  Richard Widmark, Next?  Robert Mitchum. Next…?  When re-making the legend ten years on as  Hour of the Gun,  Sturgis chose a Bogie clone for Doc,  indeed the new husband of Bogie’s widow, Lauren Bacall -  Jason Robards.
  49. William Holden, The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957.    In the 50s/60s,  to “Spiegel” was  LA parlance  for… to cajole, manipulate or con. That’s how producer Sam Spiegel won most of his deals, casts and women.  He couldn’t Spiegel Bogie. Despite their  The African Queen triumph,  Bogie passed on  Shears, written for him by Carl Foreman. Tyrone Power was next on the list.  But it was Holden - and his canny agent – winning  the first delayed payment deal: $250,000 plus 10% of “whatever the profits were, to be paid at no more than $50,000 per year.” By 1975, the cut reached $2.8m. (Columbia and Spiegel shared the annual $100,000 interest made from Holden’s funds!)  Director David Lean was impressed with  Holden and  asked him to play an American doctor in his next (aborted) project: Gandhi.
  50. Audie Murphy, The Quiet American, 1957.   Considering that Joseph L Mankiewicz was in charge, this was a surprisingly homogenised version of Graham Greene’s prophetic novel about Vietnam. Greene denounced the film,,. so, naturellement, Jean-Luc Godard praised it. Bogie was well out of the mess. (Philip Noyce’s 2001 re-tread was more true to the book).

  51. Spencer Tracy, The Old Man and The Sea, 1958.    Bogie tried to buy the Hemingway rights in 1952 and wanted Nicholas Ray to direct. A year after his friend’s death, Tracy made the film - looking more like a rich old actor than a Cuban fisherman, moaned Hemingway. Friends since Tracy’s 1930 Hollywood debut opposite Bogart in Up The River, Tracy was daily visitor  during Bogie’s terminal  illness. but was too emotional to deliver the funeral eulogy as Lauren Bacall’s request. John Huston substituted.
  52. Michael Caine, The Man Who Would Be King, 1975.














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