Photo of Graham Wagner and Humphrey Bogart courtesy Warner Bros.
Before Humphrey Bogart died of lung cancer at the age of 34, he was blazing through Hollywood pictures like a cigarette house smoking itself to death. Gentlemen of all ages were rushing to the theatre to watch Bogey push a dame, slurp up some whiskey, and poke the barrel of a pistol out of the fly of his trousers. I was scrutinizing the classic, High Sierra, the other day and it hit me how stupid old this goddamned thing was. Every single person in the film acted like a dork that would get laughed out of our clubhouse today. But there was Humphrey Bogart in the middle of all these dead great-grandparents in his itchy trousers acting like a pickle in a fedora. The men of that era are long gone. And to illustrate that point I’ve collected the best quotes by Bogey from his best flicks. Enjoy!
“I’m not emotional you daffy dame, bird brain. Where you going? Let me hit you.”
“For a dame, you sure do act like you got a big wang.”
“I wouldn’t give you two cents for a dame that doesn’t act like a bro.”
“I can’t believe I’m actually taking a bath with a dame.”
“When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it… I love you so much.”
“There’s kids looking at us, kid.”
“You’re a slut.”
“Even though I’m standing you can still sit in my lap. Don’t act like I’m weird.”
“I’m going to put mustard on my cigarette.”
“I’m the punch-yourself-in-the-teeth-with-brass-knuckles type.”
“I don’t trust anybody - especially women! Can I have some boob, though?”
(To his cigarette) “Light yourself again, Sam.”