Bacall, Lauren (“Baby”)

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

(1924-fl. 1996)

    Highly attractive actress who popularized “The Look” -- a suggestive, “come on” twinkle in the eye -- and livened up the screen in a number of roles opposite Humphrey Bogart in films such as Key Largo, Dark Passage, and The Big Sleep. She married Bogart in 1945 and the couple had a devoted twelve-year marriage.

    Bacall’s debut, the 1944 film To Have and Have Not, is parodied in Bacall to Arms (Clampett, 1946), including an unforgettable variation on the famous line, “If you want anything, all you have to do is whistle.” Some of the footage in the cartoon seems to have been rotoscoped from the film. Bogart also appears in Slick Hare (Freleng, 1947) which also uses the whistle line, trying to get fried rabbit for “Baby,” who is seen at the end -- after Bugs volunteers to be her dinner. Strangely, the artists drew Bacall as a blonde in this short.

    Bacall is also listed as one of the reasons Daffy Duck came to Hollywood in his entrance in Hollywood Daffy (Freleng, 1946).


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