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Humphrey Bogart Classics: Volume 1&2

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Volume 1: After 11 years of playing B-movie heavies, grimy desert noir High Sierra (1941) saw Bogey achieve `overnight' success as `Mad Dog' Earle. Casablanca (1942) made him immortal, Michael Curtiz's wartime adventure yarn sprinkling romance on his hardboiled core, while Dark Passage (1947) is an inspiration for The Shawshank Redemption. In it, he stars opposite his fourth and final wife, Lauren Bacall.

Volume 2: She, of course, taught him how to whistle during Hawks' glorious World War Two drama To Have And Have Not (1944)... Which sits uneasily next to pre-stardom social-conscience flick They Drive By Night (1940). But rest assured: Bogart gives one of his best performances as the moral antihero of John Huston's The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948), a startling, bleak tale of gold lust and human corruption.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: March 1st 2004