I also love him in "The African Queen."
I had never seen "In A Lonely Place" before but had asked C.I. about any Bogart films I might have missed. She recommended this one for a number of things including its use of shadows and light.
And you could watch this one over and over just for that.
Nicholas Ray is the director and a great deal of thought was put into not just the look of the film but the way shadow and light could be used to further the story.
In addition, it contains a great performance by Bogart.
I was getting ready to blog last night when I mentioned to C.I. that I loved it. She mentioned that it was Lauren Bacall's birthday. That was yesterday.
I ended up going to sleep early last night because I had a cold.
But Lauren Bacall did turn 87 years old yesterday and congratulations to her on that milestone.
Lauren Bacall is many things. She is Bogart's widow. The two met and fell in love while making "To Have And Have Not." That film's success made them a successful onscreen pairing. The film is famous for, among other things, Bacall asking, "You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow."
They teamed up again in "Dark Passage," "The Big Sleep" and "Key Largo."
Lauren Bacall also had success in films without Bogart as her co-star. One of my favorite performances is in "How To Marry A Millionaire." That pairs her, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable for a comedy about trying to marry a millionaire. Her character Shatze is the one who ends up with a 'bum' at the end. But she loves him. Of course, turns out he's actually a millionaire.
After Bogart died, she'd marry again to Jason Robards. They'd be together for about ten years but it doesn't sound like a fun marriage (based on her book "Lauren Bacall By Myself").
She'd make many more important films. I would include "Sex and the Single Girl" with Natalie Wood and Henry Fonda (and Tony Curtis, he's actually good in that film). The funniest scene in the film is when Natalie Wood has Bacall visit her at her office and then two other women claiming to be married to Bacall's husband show up.
I also love her in "The Walker" which is one of her more recent films. That's just a great film period but she really helps make it so. She is amazing in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" and, believe it or not, that's the only time she got nominate for an Oscar. (She's a Tony winner for her Broadway work.) I love her in "H.E.A.L.T.H." in which she's a virgin who claims her health stems from that but she's also forever falling asleep or worse and has to be propped up as she runs for office.
I don't like "Harper." It doesn't, for me, hold together as a film. But I can watch it just for the guest stars. Treating it like TV and, "Don't yawn, Lauren Bacall's about to be on. Oh, look, it's Shelley Winters." They really don't give Bacall a part or even any great dialogue. She makes it seem so much better than it is, especially in her scenes with Pamela Tiffin who plays her daughter.
So a legend and amazing actress and an all around great person. Happy belated birthday to Lauren Bacall.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"