Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bacall joins Bogie

Not long after we lost Robin Williams, it was announced that the legendary Lauren Bacall had also passed on to the great beyond at the age of 89. Gorgeous and gutsy, Bacall first lit up the screen in 1944 with her debut at the young age of 19 in "To Have and Have Not." One of my favorite Bacall movies is 1953's "How To Marry A Millionaire." Although many think of it as a Marilyn Monroe vehicle, Bacall is actually the one who holds the movie together.

Scheming with her friends (Marilyn & Betty Grable), the three rent an expensive New York City apartment in a crazy scheme to attract rich husbands.

Of course the scheme falls apart when Bacall's character meets the "gas pump jockey" kind of guy (Cameron Mitchell) she is attempting to run away from. Or at least she thinks that's what he is.

Thinks look up when she meets an older wealthy man (William Powell), looking for a little fun and companionship. It almost seems like she is going to get her wish of going to the altar with him...

Until true love prevails at the end. Could it happen any other way in 1950's Hollywood?

Here's a shot of Bacall and Monroe at the film's premiere:

Another screen legend lost.

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K. Martinez said...

I loved her in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" with Humphrey Bogart. I've yet to see her in "How to Marry a Millionaire". Lauren Bacall was truly a Hollywood Legend.

I was looking it up and it seems that only a few are left that I'd consider legendary/near legendary. Luise Rainer (104), Olivia De Havilland (98), Kirk Douglas (97) and Maureen O'Hara (93). Old Hollywood has nearly disappeared.

Thanks, Dave.

Major Pepperidge said...

The color in big budget films of that era is so fantastic. As was the set design, costumes, etc.