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Here’s looking at you Bogie

A wax figure of actor Humphrey Bogart is seen at 'The celebrity Awards Hall' exhibition at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, California.
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A wax figure of actor Humphrey Bogart is seen at 'The celebrity Awards Hall' exhibition at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, California.

Actor Humphrey Bogart was America’s preeminent motion picture tough guy. In the 1940s and 50s he starred in some of the most beloved classics of American cinema including The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep and The African Queen. “Bogie” was a top box office attraction then, and now, even as time goes by, his star power endures. There’s even a new biography that delves into the magic behind the man that became an iconic film figure – Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart, by Stefan Kanfer. How does Humphrey Bogart, perhaps better than any other star of Hollywood’s golden era, still capture our hearts? In Bogart’s own words, “Maybe the people like me.” Here’s looking at you kid!

Actor Humphrey Bogart was America’s preeminent motion picture tough guy. In the 1940s and 50s he starred in some of the most beloved classics of American cinema including The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep and The African Queen. “Bogie” was a top box office attraction then, and now, even as time goes by, his star power endures. There’s even a new biography that delves into the magic behind the man that became an iconic film figure – Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart, by Stefan Kanfer. How does Humphrey Bogart, perhaps better than any other star of Hollywood’s golden era, still capture our hearts? In Bogart’s own words, “Maybe the people like me.” Here’s looking at you kid!

Guest:

Stefan Kanfer, author, Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart (Knopf); former reporter for Time Magazine and author of many other books including biographies of Lucille Ball, The Marx Brothers and Marlon Brando

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