This is a fairy tale of love that proves that not only do opposites attract, but they can endure. This story involves a man who was born in the 19th Century, while his true love was born in the 20th. One was Christian, one Jewish. One was previously married three times, one had never been married. One was a seasoned movie star, one had never performed in a movie. A 19 year old girl named Betty Joan Perske (who became Lauren Bacall), through the influence of Director Howard Hawks, landed a co-starring role opposite Humphrey Bogart, who was 44 years old at the time ... and married. She played the sultry dame. He played the captain of a boat. The name of the movie was To Have And Have Not (1944). He called her “Slim” (after her character in the movie) or “Baby”; she called him “Steve” (his character in the movie) or “Bogie.” They would follow that pattern for the rest of their time together. By the third week of filming their relationship had gone from strangers to co-workers to very close friends. Shorty after that, they were in love. Their chemistry was so powerful that it helped make To Have a huge success, which meant the two needed to be in more movies together. Several weeks into the shooting of The Big Sleep (1946), their second movie partnership, Bogart asked Mayo Methot, his third wife, for a divorce and moved out of their house. Bogart’s divorce was granted fairly quickly, and on May 21, 1945, Bogie and Bacall got married in a small ceremony in Ohio attended by a handful of friends. It would be Bogart’s happiest marriage. At age forty-nine Bogart became a father for the first time when their son Stephen H. Bogart was born on January 6, 1949. Their daughter Leslie, born August 23, 1952, was named after Leslie Howard, who got Bogart his big break in The Petrified Forest (1936).
Bogie and Bacall made two more movies together (Dark Passage - 1947 and Key Largo - 1948), celebrated eleven anniversaries, had two children, battled the status quo together during the McCarthy era, and came to be regarded as one of the most successful couples of Hollywood’s golden era.
🎬 -The most famous scene in the film is undoubtedly the "you know how to whistle" dialog sequence. It was not written by Ernest Hemingway, Jules Furthman or William Faulkner, but by Howard Hawks. He wrote the scene as a screen test for Bacall, with no real intention that it would necessarily end up in the film. The test was shot with Warner Bros. contract player John Ridgely acting opposite Bacall. The Warners staff, of course, agreed to star Bacall in the film based on the test, and Hawks thought the scene was so strong he asked Faulkner to work it into one of his later drafts of the shooting script. -Many aspects of Lauren Bacall's screen persona were based on director Howard Hawks' wife at that time, Mary Gross, including her nickname (Slim), glamorous dresses, long blonde hair, smoky voice and demure, mysterious demeanor. #howardhawks #humphreybogart #laurenbacall #walterbrennan #doloresmoran #classicsuggestions #bogieandbacall