1 Bogart: Santana Productions (Knock on Any Door; In a Lonely Place)


Humphrey Bogart’s body of work at Warner’s included some of his most acclaimed films: Dark Victory (1939), High Sierra (1941), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and Key Largo (1948).

Other Studios

By comparison, he only made 7 films with Fox, 5 films each with Columbia Pictures and his own Santana Productions, 3 films for Paramount Pictures, two for United Artists, and one each for United States Pictures, Universal Pictures, First National Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, MGM and Walter Wanger Productions.

Bogart established his own production company, Santana Productions, in 1948.

The company produced about half a dozen movies, only two of which were artistically or commercially significant.

Santana made Knock on Any Door (1949), Tokyo Joe (1949), And Baby Makes Three (1949) starring Robert Young and Barbara Hale, Sirocco (1951), The Family Secret (1951) starring John Derek and Lee J. Cobb, and Beat the Devil (1951), in which Bogart spoofed his own role and image in the 1941 The Maltese Falcon.

The company’s production of In a Lonely Place (1950) was added to the National Film Registry in 2007, “to be preserved for all time.” Inclusion of films in the registry are based on their “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant quality.