Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off its 2013 Summer Under the Stars (SUTS) event, which takes place every August, with a day-long tribute to the man who is ranked #1 on the American Film Institute‘s list of the greatest screen actors – Humphrey Bogart.  I post this gallery in tribute to the star, the man and the event with images that correspond with the Bogie films featured on the TCM schedule – with a few extras because I couldn’t resist.

August 1, 2013 SUTS Schedule – Humphrey Bogart

6:00AM Bogart: The Untold Story (1996)

7:00AM High Sierra (1941)

9:00AM The Maltese Falcon (1941)

10:45AM To Have and Have Not (1944)

12:30PM The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

2:45PM Tokyo Joe (1949)

4:15PM Beat The Devil (1954)

6:00PM In a Lonely Place (1950)

8:00PM The Big Sleep (1946)

10:00PM Key Largo (1948)

12:00AM The Caine Mutiny (1954)

2:15AM The Left Hand of God (1955)

4:00AM The Harder They Fall (1956)

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Humphrey Bogart is beloved, admired and always remembered so I need not try to explain his appeal.  But I will explain why I’m such a big fan of his work, which is his unique combination of tough edge and vulnerability.  While he depicted some of the greatest detectives in film history and made his mark playing gangsters, Bogart’s characters always had heart and a romance I find irresistible.  No matter the film or character, when Humphrey Bogart held a woman’s face in his hands before a kiss it was real and I fall for him every single time.  A real man, often hardened by his past but not afraid to show a softer side. No one was like him.

“Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.”

That’s why I love the actor.  Here’s why I love the man:

“A hotdog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz.”


I am submitting this tribute as part of the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon (2013), hosted by Jill of Sittin’ On a Backyard Fence and Michael of Scribehard on Film.  This blogathon coincides with TCM’s SUTS event.  Be sure to visit either host site to enjoy entries honoring some of the greatest stars to appear on the silver screen all month long.  Also, be sure to tune in to TCM every single day in August or set your DVRs.  For classic film fans this is as grand as it gets.


Lux Radio Theater presentation: My Man Godfrey

A tribute to MY MAN GODFREY (1936) on old-time radio, a Lux Radio Theater presentation.


Reprising their roles from Gregory La Cava’s 1936 film version are William Powell, Carole Lombard and Gail Patrick.  Mischa Auer and David Niven join the cast in this adaptation.  Hosted and produced by Cecil B. DeMille.







The stars…




Burns and Allen

Not long ago I did a post on Gracie Allen, Just Gracie, one of my all-time favorite comedians and now here’s another honoring her on what would have been her birthday – and of course, George Burns – they were perfect together!

Burns and Allen were far more popular from their work on the vaudeville stage and on radio than they were for their work in motion pictures and may not have achieved any success in the latter without the former.  But once Burns and Allen hit the airwaves they were the most popular act in the country and audiences loved their short films.  The couple starred in ten short films in total with Paramount Pictures between 1929 and 1933 and as a tribute to them and their act I thought I’d post a couple of them here.

Burns and Allen in 100% Service (1931)

Burns and Allen in Your Hat (1932)


When television became the medium of choice the veteran entertainers took to that forum as well and continued to entertain the country with their hilarious antics as George Burns the entertainer and his dumb-as-a-doornail wife, Gracie who also had an “Illogical logic” no one could argue with.

“The Burns and Allen Show,” (TV) – 1950 to 1958

Following are two episodes of the show.  The first, “Hypnotizing Gracie” shows how America’s favorite “Dumb Dora” is hypnotized to become the most intelligent woman in the world:

And in part two, “Gracie is Brilliant” we see how George wants the old Gracie back…she’s killing the act!

Gotta love her!


And them!


Build my gallows high, baby…

In a noir mood, though no excuse is needed.

A gallery of film noir posters (and more) simply because I love them.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

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