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HUMPHREY DeFOREST BOGART ( Dec 1899 -- Jan 1957 )  

After trying various jobs that didn't inspire him, in 1917 Bogie joined the Navy and served aboard a ship transporting American service personnel back to the U. S. after the World War I armistice. He turned to acting in 1921 and appeared on Broadway regularly during the 1920s and early 1930s. In the wake of the 1929 stock market crash there was a decline in Broadway productions and Bogie headed to Hollywood. His first big film role came in 1936 as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest, which also featured Bette Davis and Leslie Howard. This led to being typecast and roles in gangster films and B-movies. His big break was the lead role in High Sierra (1941), with Ida Lupino, followed by The Maltese Falcon, with Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. In 1942 came Casablanca, with Ingrid Bergman, making him a major star and establishing his iconic screen personna as a hard-edged, cynical tough guy who ultimately shows his inner nobility. In Key Largo, in 1948, he appeared with his new wife, Lauren Bacall, as well as Edward G. Robinson and Lionel Barrymore. During a career spanning 30 years, Bogie appeared in 75 feature films and the American Film Institute ranks him as the Greatest Male Star of all time in American cinema.

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 Title:    KEY LARGO

"I know what Rocko wants. Rocko wants more."  

     Recently discharged WWII vet Humphrey Bogart arrives at the tourist hotel on Key Largo (in the Florida Keys) to visit the owner (Lionel Barrymore), who is the father of a war buddy who did not survive, and his widow (Lauren Bacall). It is the off-season but he finds there are "guests" in the hotel. One-time big shot gangster Edward G. Robinson, who has re-entered the U.S. after having been deported, and a cadre of his underworld "soldiers," are waiting to complete a deal with some Chicago hoods involving counterfiet currency.
Robinson makes it plain he won't hesitate to kill anyone who gets in his way. Tightly scripted, with strong performances all around. Claire Trevor won a "Supporting Actress" Oscar as Robinson's former "moll" who he no longers finds appealing. This a true film classic.     

1954, Directed by John Huston

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