Humphrey Bogart Collection

17/10/2005
  |  Buy to Own: 17/10/2005
  |  378 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Box set featuring a collection of some of Humphrey Bogart's finest efforts in the 'film noir' genre. In 'Sirocco' (1951), Bogart plays a 1920s gunrunnner operating in Syria and supplying weapons to the rebel forces. His wits are keenly matched by a French intelligence officer - his constant spy and judge. As with any good Bogart classic, romance is controlled and kept on the sidelines of dramatic intrigue as the civil war rages. 'Dead Reckoning' (1947) is a classic 1940s noir thriller starring Bogart as Rip Murdock, an ex-paratrooper who conducts his own investigation into the disappearance and subsequent death of his army buddy Johnny Drake. Murdock's enquiry soon leads him to Drake's one-time girlfriend Coral Chandler (Lizabeth Scott), and in no time at all the hardboiled hero becomes embroiled in a complex web of blackmail and murder. Told in flashback, with Murdock confessing the whole story to a priest. In 'The Harder They Fall' (1956), Bogart stars in his final screen role as a sports writer who takes a job as publicist for a boxer. The boxer is controlled by the mob, who attempt to force the writer to fix a fight. Finally, 'In A Lonely Place' (1950) is Nicholas Ray's classic piece of film noir in which Bogart plays a heavy drinking, brawling and tormented screenwriter, who becomes implicated in a murder charge. While under suspicion, he gets embroiled with a Hollywood star (Gloria Grahame). There was some speculation that the central relationship between Bogart and Grahame reflected Ray's own disintegrating marriage with the star.