Humphrey Bogart: In The Frame

  |  Buy to Own: 29/10/2007
  |  600 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


This set contains six films starring Humphrey Bogart. 'Sahara' (1943) is a semi-propaganda film made by the Americans to show how the Second World War was affecting the various European nations. Sergeant Joe Gunn (Bogart) leads an American unit who escape from the fiasco of the Battle of Tobruk and then pick up stranded European soldiers as they cross the Sahara Desert. The motley band of survivors finally have to outwit a huge group of German soldiers in a battle for supremacy over that most precious of desert commodities, a well. The classic 1940s noir thriller, 'Dead Reckoning' (1947) stars Bogart as ex-paratrooper Rip Murdock who conducts his own investigation into the disappearance and subsequent death of his army buddy Johnny Drake (William Prince). 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. The film is told in flashback, with Murdock confessing the whole story to a priest. In 'The Caine Mutiny' (1954), Lt. Commander Queeg (Bogart), the man in charge of the USS Caine, loses his head during a typhoon and his chief officers feel compelled to relieve him of his post. Upon their return to dry land, Queeg brings the men up on charges of mutiny. Co-starring Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson and Jose Ferrer and based on Herman Wouk's Pulitzer prize-winning novel. 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. 'Sirocco' (1951) stars Bogart as 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. 'In A Lonely Place' (1950), based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, 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.