The on screen partnership between movie icons Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart is perhaps one of cinemas most famous.It not only spanned four pictures, including The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not, but became a successful marriage until Bogart died in 1957.The pair met in 1944 on the set of To Have and Have Not which was directed by Howard Hawks.The film followed jaded American fisherman who helped the French Resistance smuggle on to the island of Martinique, which was under the Vichy regime. When an American pickpocket, Marie Slim Browning, arrives on the island a romance develops between the pair.At jut nineteen years old To Have and Have Not made Lauren Bacall a star and this legendary partnership, which director Howard Hawks claims he was behind, began.Film noir The Big Sleep, which was also directed by Hawks, was next for the pair just a year later in 1946.
Private Eye Philip Marlowe (Bogart) is hired by wealthy socialite Vivian Sternwood to look into the trouble cased by her younger sister Carmen. He follows a trail of murder, pornography, nightclub rogues and the spoiled rich.
Since its release in 1946 The Big Sleep has become a cinematic classic cementing Bacall and Bogart as an on-screen acting force.
In 1997, the U.S. Library of Congress deemed this film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and preserved to the National Film Registry.
1947s Dark Passage was next for the pair, a bug screen adaptation of David Goodis novel of the same name.
Bogart and Bacall headline a wild tale of an escapee from San Quentin who has his face surgically altered to allow him the freedom to find his wife's murderer.
Now a man without a past, he meets a sultry stranger willing to put him up until his face heals and they can solve the mystery.
The real-life couples third big screen partnership was, unlike The Big Sleep and To Have and To Have Not before it, was met with mixed reviews with some criticising Bogarts performance but praising the work of Bacall.
However over the years the film, which is a lesser known project by the pair, has come to be viewed as another vintage performance by the actors.
Their final on-screen performance together came in Key Largo in 1948 which also starred Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor.
A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) holes up and holds at gunpoint hotel owner Nora Temple (Lauren Bacall) and ex-GI Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart).
McCloud's the one man capable of standing up against the belligerent Rocco. But the post-war world's realities may have taken all the fight out of him.
Key Largo marked the end of the on-screen partnership of Bacall and Bogart however these two movie legends between them and apart played a part in some of cinemas most memorable moments.
FemlaeFirst Helen Earnshaw