Remember when men were men and women were women and it took more than blond hair and/or cleaveage to become a movie leg-end? If the likes of Robert Redford and Farrah Fawcett leave you longing for the good old days, the Biograph's new film series offers 30 chances for escapism. Their "Bogey and Bette" festival, representing some of the best work of Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis, starts this Friday.
By conventional standards, neither actor is particularly good-looking. Bogart wasn't rugged. Davis didn't jiggle. But they each had a screen presence that set them off from the crowds and marked them as individuals. Sexy individuals, at that.
Included in the series are four movies that feature them together. "Marked Woman" (1937), "Kid Galahad" (1937) "The Petrified Forest" (1936) and "Dark Victory" (1939). Fourteen movies with Davies only and 12 with Bogart are also featured - such classics as "Dark Victory," "Casablance," "All About Eve" and "Jezebel" included. "The African Queen," however, is glaringly absent.
"To Have and Have Not," the 1945 film in which Bogart starred with Lauren Bacall and Walter Brennan leads off the series, double-billed with "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex," a 1936 romance starring Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Vincent Prince. Both run Friday through Sunday. See each week's Film File for a runing shedule.