Humphrey Bogart

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Movie still: The Petrified Forest

100 Greatest Gangster Films: The Petrified Forest, #31

Watching The Petrified Forest you can see Bogey developing his craft. Riffing off of John Dillinger, he holds his arms at a curious angle, like he is about to reach for a gun. (For decades, Bogey impersonators would ape that posture.) Bogart studied films of Dillinger and tries here to recreate the famous bank robber’s battered facial expression and insolent demeanor.

Movie still: Angels With Dirty Faces

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Angels With Dirty Faces, #46

Some movies hold up well over time. This one doesn’t. We wanted to like Angels with Dirty Faces as much as we did the first time we saw it. But it just wasn’t happening. Maybe some movies play better in our memories than they do on DVD. It is still worth watching, however, mostly due to the acting.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: High Sierra, #52

Before High Sierra, Hollywood’s gangsters were not just black-and-white on celluloid; they were equally definitive in their morality—or, rather, immorality. There was nothing sympathetic about Paul Muni as Tony Camonte in Scarface and no doubt where James Cagney’s Tom Powers stood in The Public Enemy. This movie, a star vehicle for Humphrey Bogart, helped change all that.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: The Roaring Twenties, #74

Warner Brothers owned the franchise for gangster films in the 1930s. The studio capped the decade with this Cagney-Bogey crime drama that some consider a classic. James Cagney is great as Eddie Bartlett and Humphrey Bogart is convincing as treacherous bad guy George Hally.