It's All In A Nickname
|"Bogie" With Wife and Pals in Photoplay, September 1938|
When Did Bogart Become Bogie/Bogey?
Humphrey Bogart being a favorite actor makes me endlessly curious over major and minor aspects of his career. Monday's post on Chain Lightning addressed everything but the central question arising from that otherwise forgot '50 release, to wit: Was this a first time ads referred to Bogart as "Bogey"? Preliminary dig found fan mags calling him that (or close-spelled "Bogie") from 1938, latter first mention I found of the nickname, an apt label considering he played mostly bogeymen at the time. Not much choice within the name Humphrey Bogart after all --- suppose kid pals ever called him "Hump"? 1939 saw HB answering to "Bogey" in Modern Screen, and by 1941, with stardom conferred by High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, the tag is firmly affixed by fan press.
"Bogey" became all the more shorthand for Bogart after his marriage to Lauren Bacall.
|Slightly Off-Topic, But How Many Color Photos Would You Say|
Were Taken on Treasure Of The Sierra Madre?
|Note "Bogey's the test pilot!"|
Previous Greenbriar Explores of the Bogart Cult HERE and HERE.
UPDATE --- 3/4/16: Noted writer and historian William M. Drew has done further research on the Bogey/Bogie question and kindly shares his findings with Greenbriar. Here are vintage newspaper articles he attached to accompany information supplied by Mr. Drew in the Greenbriar comments section for this post: