Bacall and Bogart remembered

Aug 30, 2014
The on-screen chemistry between Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” had off-screen inspiration.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with weekly screenings at the summer time of 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

The September movies, hosted by Erika Pfander, celebrate the on-screen partnership of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

The series will begin Sept. 5 with the first Bacall and Bogart pairing, 1944’s “To Have and Have Not,” an unrated film that runs 100 minutes. This Howard Hawks classic was scripted by the dynamic duo of William Faulkner and Jules Furthman from a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Bogart plays Harry Morgan, a charter boat owner who falls for a seductive petty thief, Marie Browning (Bacall). Walter Brennan portrays Harry’s sidekick (Eddie). Hoagy Carmichael is the piano player and Bacall sings a couple of songs. This was Bacall’s first film. She was 19, Bogart was 45, and they fell in love — for real.

Upcoming in this month’s series are: Sept. 12, “The Big Sleep” (1946, USA); Sept. 19,“Dark Passage” (1947, USA); and Sept. 26, “Key Largo” (1948, USA). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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