1 Bogart: Genre (Mystery, Thriller, Noir, War, Western)

Humphrey Bogart, like other stars, made war films, or films set in the political contexts of various wars).

Of his 75 features, in a career spanning more than two decades,  13 (about 17 percent) were such movies:

Across the Pacific, 1942

All Through the Night, 1942

Casablanca, 1943

Sahara, 1943

Passage to Marseilles, 1944

To Have, 1945

Tokyo Joe, 1949

Chain Lighting, 1950

Sirocco, 1951

African Queen, 1951

Battle Circus, 1953

The Caine Mutiny, 1954

The Left Hand of Gun, 1955


Of the 75 films he made, 43 were crime (noir) stories, 13 were war tales, 3 were Westerns, and only 2 were straight comedies.

His dominant and defining genre was the crime noir film.

In The Oklahoma Kid he was miscast as a Mexican bandit, a black-garbed villain

In Virginia City, he played a half breed bandit;

In the western-like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, he played a greed gold prospector.

The comedies came late in his career: Sabrina, in 1954, for which he was too old to play Audrey Hepburn’s lover.

We’re No Angels,

As noted, he died or was killed on screen in one third of his movies, 25 to be exact, but 18 of these were made before he became a major star.