People on the street look up at Columbia’s Dead Reckoning poster, here offering convincing proof of the power of advertising. Lizabeth Scott’s billing boasts ‘You can’t push me around’ – but that is exactly what Humphrey Bogart did.
Humphrey Bogart was born Christmas Day, 1899 to Dr. Belmont Bogart and Maud Humphrey in New York City. There is some debate as to whether or not he was actually born Christmas Day, but evidence supports that he was born before the year 1900. He was the oldest of three children with two younger sisters: Frances and Catherine Elizabeth. Humphrey has been hailed as the greatest male star of American cinema. He is known for numerous roles, but one of his most auspicious was Robert Blaine in Casablanca.
Bogart began acting in the 1920s, working in regular shows on Broadway until 1929, when the stock market crashed. Due to the reduction in demand for live shows, Bogart began working in the film industry. His first great success came in 1936 with The Petrified Forest, however; it was not until 1941 that he came to be known as a leading man. Over his career, he appeared in 75 films. In 1957, on January 14th, he died after falling into a coma.