Last week, The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes looked at The Maltese Falcon: primarily focusing on Bogart’s 1941 classic film. Well, that gave me the opportunity to follow it up with one of my own favorite essays.
Warner Brothers signed Raft in 1939 and Jack Warner expected him to be the company’s biggest star. Humphrey Bogart was a supporting actor who usually got gunned down by the hero and occasionally snagged the lead in a minor B picture. Through a series of just terrible casting decisions, George Raft completely torpedoed his career while turning Bogart into Bogie. Dead End, High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon – Raft was his own worst enemy.
If you’re a Bogart fan, you really should head on over to Black Gate and see the details: I couldn’t make this stuff up!