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Screening Bogart

The Stanford Theater samples Humphrey Bogart's range as a star and as an actor

THE RETROSPECTIVE of Bogart films that begins this week (after a Casablanca/Maltese Falcon warm-up) is the largest in two decades and features more than two score movies. In several instances, the Stanford will be screening brand-new prints struck from original nitrate negatives, which should result in the kind of big-screen experience that no home-entertainment unit can possibly duplicate. "We're making a pretty big deal of this festival, really making an effort to do justice to Bogart," says David Packard, who renovated the Stanford Theater and is a major supporter of film restoration and preservation efforts.

Nov. 14-16
Petrified Forest (1936), with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis; a new print.
With Marked Woman (1937), a DA-battles-the-mob programmer co-starring Davis.

Nov. 19-20
A Devil With Women (1930). Bogart's first film was a south-of-the border costumer with Victor McLaglen.
With Holy Terror (1931), a mystery with George O'Brien and Rita LeRoy.

Nov. 21-23
Black Legion (1937), a cautionary drama about hate groups (particularly the Ku Klux Klan); a new print.
With The Roaring Twenties (1939), a quintessential Warner Bros. crime drama; Bogart and James Cagney square off.

Nov. 26-27
Three on a Match (1932), with Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak and Bette Davis in the title roles, and Bogart checking in as a gangster.
With Big City Blues (1932), also starring Blondell, with Bogart in a minor role.

Nov. 28-30
Stand In (1937), a very amusing comedy with Leslie Howard as a neophyte financier in Hollywood and Bogart as a fast-talking producer; a new print from a nitrate negative.
With Dr. Clitterhouse (1938). Edward G. Robinson plays a criminologist who masquerades as a criminal; Bogart plays one of the gangsters he meets along the way.

Dec. 3-4
Love Affair (1932), in which Bogart plays airborne love interest to rich girl Dorothy Mackail.
With Isle of Fury (1936), an adaptation of a Somerset Maugham novel.

Dec. 5-7
Dark Victory (1939), a weeper featuring Bette Davis, George Brent and Ronald Reagan.
With Bad Sister (1931), Davis' first film; Bogart plays a big-city sharpie bilking the decent folks; a new print.

Dec. 10-11
Bullets or Ballots (1936), a crime drama with Edward G. Robinson going undercover and running afoul of Bogart; a new print.
With Kid Galahad (1937), a fight film directed by Michael Curtiz and co-starring Bette Davis and Edward G. Robinson.

Dec. 12-14
The Oklahoma Kid (1939), Bogart and James Cagney out West; new print.
With Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), co-starring Cagney (the gangster) and Pat O'Brien (the priest, naturally), with Bogart as one of the bad guys and featuring the Dead End Kids.

Dec. 17-18
It All Came True (1940). An odd crime drama finds Bogart hiding out from the law in a boarding house full of singing-and-dancing oddballs.
With Brother Orchid (1940), which pairs off Edward G. Robinson and Bogart one more time.

Dec. 19-21
High Sierra (1941), with Ida Lupino and directed by Raoul Walsh.
With They Drive by Night (1940), with George Raft, Ann Sheridan and Lupino in a tale about truck drivers driven apart by lust; directed by Walsh.

Dec. 26-30
Casablanca (1942). You must remember this.
With The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Dec. 31-Jan. 2
Across the Pacific (1942), one of several WWII crises of conscience dramas that Bogart starred in after Casablanca; directed by John Huston and starring Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet.
With Passage to Marseilles (1944), more of the same, with Claude Rains, Greenstreet and Peter Lorre; directed by Michael Curtiz.

Jan. 3-6
To Have and Have Not (1945), directed by Howard Hawks from a script by Jules Furthman and William Faulkner out of Hemingway and starring Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall and Hoagy Carmichael.
With The Big Sleep (1946), Howard Hawks' vision of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, co-starring Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone and Elisha Cook Jr.

Jan. 7-9
Action in the North Atlantic (1943), with Raymond Massey, in a new print.
With All Through the Night (1942), a comedy about those crazy Nazis, with Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre; a new print.

Jan. 10-13
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), John Huston's adaptation of the B. Traven novel, starring Walter Huston, Tim Holt and Bogart as a trio of desperate prospectors.
With Key Largo (1948), in which a crime boss (Edward G. Robinson) takes over a Florida hotel and only Lauren Bacall and Bogart can stop him.

Jan. 14-16
Dark Passage (1947), a San Francisco-set film noir by Delmer Daves about an escaped convict who must undergo back-alley plastic surgery; co-stars Agnes Moorehead and Lauren Bacall.
With Dead Reckoning (1947), with Lizabeth Scott helping Bogart figure out who killed his buddy.

Jan. 17-20
The African Queen (1951), with Katharine Hepburn.
With The Caine Mutiny (1954), with Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray.

Jan. 21-23
The Barefoot Contessa (1954). Bogart oversees the career of a dancer (Ava Gardner) in a Joseph L. Mankiewicz epic about the film industry.
With We're No Angels (1955). Three jail escapees become do-gooders in a comedy that was weirdly remade with Robert De Niro, Sean Penn and Demi Moore in 1989.

Jan. 24-27
In a Lonely Place (1950), the intensely emotional film noir by Nicholas Ray in which Bogart and Gloria Grahame come tantalizingly close to a moment of pure understanding, only to be shattered by fate, circumstance and character.
With Knock on Any Door (1949). An idealistic DA fights to rescue a boy from execution in Ray's first film.

Jan. 28-30
The Desperate Hours (1955), in which a criminal Bogart takes a family hostage.
With The Harder They Fall (1956), a boxing drama co-starring Rod Steiger and Jan Sterling.

Jan. 31-Feb. 6
Sabrina (1954), with Bogart and William Holden romancing Audrey Hepburn in a film that no sane person would have remade.
With Beat the Devil (1954), a very witty comedy about a gaggle of connivers; directed by John Huston and co-starring Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley and Peter Lorre.


The Stanford Theater, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto. Check weekly movie listings in Metro for exact times or call 650/324-3700.

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From the Nov. 13-19, 1997 issue of Metro.

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