Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Star of the Month: Lauren Bacall

Today is the first of four Wednesday nights in September featuring Lauren Bacall as TCM's Star of the Month. To be hnoest, though, she's not really the star of tonight's lineup. That would be her husband, Humphrey Bogart. Now, I've already discussed how I don't get the legendary status of their relationship, so I just note that tonight's lineup consists of the four movies Bogart and Bacall made together, in the order in which they were made:

To Have and Have Not kicks the night off at 8:00 PM;
The Big Sleep, an overrated convoluted mystery, follows at 10:00 PM;
Dark Passage, in which Bogart gets plastic surgery that turns his face into -- Humphrey Bogart's! -- comes on at midnight; and
Key Largo concludes Bacall's night at 2:00 PM.

As proof that this is really Bogart's night and not Bacall's, what follows Key Largo is two documentaries on Bogart. The first, Bacall on Bogart, can be seen at 4:00 AM, followed by their son Stephen narrating Bogart: The Untold Story at 5:30 AM.

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