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“If You Need Anything, Just Whistle”

bogart gunsOn this date in 1957, Humphrey DeForest Bogart passed into eternity.

I’ve always liked character actors.  He is among one of my favorites, although I was only four when he passed away.  Thank goodness for old film nights on TV, and VHS/DVD recordings!

Petrified Forest, Casablanca, The Caine Mutiny, The African Queen, SabrinaThe Big Sleep.  If you’ve not seen these films (and many others) you’ve missed something.

He was politically incorrect before such a phrase existed.  A smoker, drinker and brawler, although thin and 5’9″, he was married four times.  The last time to Lauren Bacall, 24 years his junior.  They had two children.

Lauren Bacall as ‘Slim’ to Bogie in To Have and Have Not:

“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.”

He died of esophageal cancer.   His wife placed a gold whistle in his cremation urn.  It reads, “If you need anything, just whistle.”


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


5 thoughts on ““If You Need Anything, Just Whistle”

  1. From an era of real actors and actresses.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | January 14, 2013, 7:49 am
  2. Yep and a class act…

    Posted by Old NFO | January 14, 2013, 10:02 am
  3. And on the Grammy’s they give a “lifetime achievement award” to a liberal actress who is barely 50 and I can’t even REMEMBER when she did a film of any note.

    The standards have certainly sunk. He was indeed a class act, and we both enjoy those movies, the “whistle” line being uttered more than once when we started dating.

    Thanks for remembering.

    Posted by Brigid | January 14, 2013, 1:37 pm

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