Humphrey Bogart - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Any celebration of the cinema cannot be complete without acknowledging the contribution of Humphrey Bogart.  In a career cut short by cancer at the age of 57, Bogart appeared in over seventy-five movies, including some of the great classics:  Casablanca, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Caine Mutiny, and The African Queen (for his performance in Queen, he received his only Academy Award).

Bogart's image of the cynic with a heart of gold propelled him to a status few actors could ever claim.  In fact, the American Film Institute regards him as the greatest male star in the history of cinema.  (  It hardly needs to be mentioned that Bogie's image can be found hanging among the collection here at the American Treasure Tour.

QUESTION:  As a teenager in 1918, Bogart accepted employment by what government organization, seeing no other viable option?
A)  The I.R.S.
B)  The House of Representatives
C)  The Navy
D)  The Highway Commission

WILLING WILLIAMS.  Friends of the American Treasure Tour from Rhode Island have most certainly heard of Roger Williams.  His is a name all Americans should be familiar with.  Born circa 1603 of the Anglican faith in England, he converted to the 'radical' Puritan faith at a time when religious tolerance was still a novelty.  He remained an advocate of freedom of religion all his life, founded Rhode Island on that premise, and inspired its inclusion in the American Constitution.  Thank you, Mr. Williams, and we are glad you came over from England way back in 1631!

DOCUMENTING BIRTHDAYS.  So, it looks to be today is all about celebrating Americans!  From Bogey to Williams, and now, to celebrate the birth of a favorite documentarian:  Errol Morris!  Born today in 1948, Morris has created quirky, challenging and unique films for decades now, including such notables as Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, and the Academy Award-winning The Fog of War.  Check out any of his films and you will see something completely different.

QUOTE:  Things are never so bad they can't be made worse. - Humphrey Bogart

ANSWER:  C)  The Navy.  A great love of the sea and a search for excitement during World War I found Bogart very excited to enlist.  Another incentive was, of course, the need for cash....