Midwest Tape, the library’s source for films, audiobooks and music, has a lovely tribute to the late Lauren Bacall. For the full article click here.
It was on the set of To Have and Have Not that Bacall met Bogie. The two married in 1945 and remained so until Bogart’s death in 1957. In addition to being husband and wife, they also paired up on the silver screen three more times in the 1940s, beginning with 1946’s The Big Sleep (another Howard Hawks film). Adapted from the Raymond Chandler novel about detective Philip Marlowe, it featured a screenplay co-written by William Faulkner. That was followed in 1947 with Dark Passage, and in 1948 with Key Largo, directed by John Huston. Bacall’s career was at its peak in the 1950s, beginning with Young Man with a Horn, an early jazz film. She also starred in such films as How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Woman’s World (1954), and the classic Written on the Wind (1956), among others. The 1957 film Designing Woman was filmed as Bogart’s health was failing, and released just a few months after his death. Beginning in the 1960s, Bacall dialed back her involvement in Hollywood productions, although she continued to act into her later days. One of her most significant roles was as part of an all-star ensemble cast in 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express. She also put that famous voice to good use with roles in such animated projects as Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and Ernest & Celestine (2012).
Many of these films are in the Woods Branch Classic Collection. Well worth a second look, don’t wait for our next deluge to batten down the hatches and pop in Key Largo. You won’t be disappointed.