Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004
Iconic tough guy of the screen, Bogart had made a false start or two before his breakthrough performance in The Petrified Forest (1936), which only came about because Leslie Howard, the star, insisted on it -- something for which Bogart was ever thankful. The roles Bogart played in The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen (for which he won his only Oscar) all served to develop his now-legendary tough-guy image.
His role in Sierra Madre is caricatured in a running gag in 8 Ball Bunny (Jones, 1950), reciting a line from the movie: “Pardon me, but could you help out a fellow American who’s down on his luck?”.
Another good caricature is the slightly menacing portrayal in Slick Hare (Freleng, 1947) in which Bogart seeks to get an order of fried rabbit -- guess who -- for “Baby”, his wife: Lauren Bacall. The Bogart-Bacall relationship is caricatured in Bacall to Arms (Clampett, 1946), specifically parodying their first movie together: To Have and Have Not.
A poster for To Have and Have Not with Bogart on it is defaced by Daffy the Mustache Fiend in Daffy Doodles (McKimson, 1946). Bogart, along with George Raft and Jimmy Cagney, pitches pennies in Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941).
Some prints of Slick Hare have a live-action clip of Bogart at the end, but this was not part of the cartoon as originally produced.