Thursday, August 14, 2014

Farewell To Lauren Bacall: Bogie Must've Whistled

"You know how to whistle, don't you Steve?  
You just put your lips together and blow."

~Lauren Bacall
To Have and Have Not (1944)

Lauren Bacall, the last of the great movie actresses from Hollywood's Golden Age passed away this week at the age of 89.  A remarkable actress and forever linked with Hollywood Legend Humphrey Bogart since the day they met on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1944.  She would later become his fourth and last wife.

Most of my friends know I'm an old movie fanatic, and I just watched one of Bogie and Bacall's best a couple weeks ago--To Have and Have Not.  If you haven't seen it you should.  It's on TCM frequently, and it's one of those movies that just couldn't be much better.  I mean even the guy that played the band leader in the club was none other than Hoagy Carmichael.

The famous line in To Have and Have Not was Lauren's-- "If you need anything just whistle."  Bogart gave her a whistle after the filming of that movie with that line inscribed on it.  What a lot of people don't know is that when Humphrey Bogart died in 1957, Lauren Bacall had that whistle interred with his remains.  Perhaps Bogie got tired of waiting for her and finally used it.
Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014)
And now they are together again.  Here's looking at you, kid.


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