Skip to comments.Old Photo: Humphrey Bogart in the U.S. Navy, circa 1918
Posted on 07/04/2013 4:56:50 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
c. 1918: Humphrey Bogart in the Navy
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He was also the Gerber baby
Did you know that he was the one who started the “Rat Pack” - you know, the one with Sinatra, etc ....
With no viable career options, Bogart followed his passion for the sea and enlisted in the United States Navy in the spring of 1918. He recalled later, “At eighteen, war was great stuff. Paris! Sexy French girls! Hot damn!” Bogart is recorded as a model sailor who spent most of his months in the Navy after the Armistice was signed, ferrying troops back from Europe.
It was during his naval stint that Bogart may have received his trademark scar and developed his characteristic lisp, though the actual circumstances are unclear. In one account, during a shelling of his ship the USS Leviathan, his lip was cut by a piece of shrapnel, although some claim Bogart did not make it to sea until after the Armistice with Germany was signed. Another version, which Bogart’s long-time friend, author Nathaniel Benchley, claims is the truth, is that Bogart was injured while on assignment to take a naval prisoner to Portsmouth Naval Prison in Kittery, Maine. Supposedly, while changing trains in Boston, the handcuffed prisoner asked Bogart for a cigarette and while Bogart looked for a match, the prisoner raised his hands, smashed Bogart across the mouth with his cuffs, cutting Bogart’s lip, and fled. The prisoner was eventually taken to Portsmouth. An alternate explanation, is that in the process of uncuffing an inmate, Bogart was struck in the mouth when the inmate wielded one open, uncuffed bracelet while the other was still on his wrist.
By the time Bogart was treated by a doctor, the scar had already formed. “Goddamn doctor,” Bogart later told David Niven, “instead of stitching it up, he screwed it up.” Niven says that when he asked Bogart about his scar he said it was caused by a childhood accident; Niven claims the stories that Bogart got the scar during wartime were made up by the studios to inject glamor. His post-service physical makes no mention of the lip scar even though it mentions many smaller scars, so the actual cause may have come later. When actress Louise Brooks met Bogart in 1924, he had some scar-tissue on his upper lip, which Belmont said that Bogart may have partially repaired before entering films in 1930. She believes his scar had nothing to do with his distinctive speech pattern, his “lip wound gave him no speech impediment, either before or after it was mended. Over the years, Bogart practiced all kinds of lip gymnastics, accompanied by nasal tones, snarls, lisps and slurs. His painful wince, his leer, his fiendish grin were the most accomplished ever seen on film.”
Ms Dietrich as known as one who enjoyed herself in 1930’s Berlin, with skillful talents known then as “french”. (source: “The Dangerous Otto Katz” book)
He looks like he’s about ready to kick somebody’s ass. Great picture.
He got his lisp when his ship was torpedoed and he fell against the binnacle - he was the ship’s helmsman. Busted his lip.
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“Here’s Looking at you Kid...”
something about stwra-berries, if I recall.....
And ball bearings....
It's a mistake scraping this ship. The rust is keeping the water out.
“Yeah, but by the time he had his own command, he was beginning to crack up.”
Your photo did not come through so I assume you are talking about Captain Queeg.
Ever since that movie, I hated Fred MacMurry with a passion. They lying rat!
Captain Queeg, one of his best roles.
As an old-time Tin Can sailor, one of my favorite movies
My immigrant grandmother arrived in NYC July 4th 1914 on the German liner SS Vaterland. It was seized by the United States in 1917 and renamed the USS Leviathan. Humphrey Bogart served on this ship during World War I.
Can anyone familiar with the Navy tell me what his rating was?
Sailor? I always thought of them all that way. My Marine buddies called them Seagoing Bellhops, of course (ducking).
One of my favorites as well. There is a lot to learn from that movie. I particularly appreciated the lawyer’s observations about serving under captains, and how you don’t get to choose. You take what you get and you learn to deal with it as best you can.
I love the way the movie ends when LTJG Keith finds himself again under the command of Captain DeVriess. The lesson is, no matter how bad your skipper is, you learn to deal with it, because no matter what, it can ALWAYS be worse!
Either Boatswain Mate or undesignated seaman. It is kind of blurry.
Hard to tell, but looks like a Bosun’s Mate.
Wasn’t Fred MacMurray a conservative Republican?
From the first picture, it appears he has the crossed anchors of a boatswain’s mate. The eagle above, or “crow,” would suggest he’s a petty officer, probably a third class, but I can’t make out the number of chevrons.
He liked little girls, she liked big girls.
she got around. And he usually preferred ‘em younger...
MANY of the old school hollywood men were vets.
His father was a prominent society doctor, so I find it unlikely that he was unattended as a child.
Disgusting that this pedophile received so much adulation.
Great post. Bogart has always been a favorite actor of mine.
Can anyone familiar with the Navy tell me what his rating was?
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LCDR....LT COMMANDER SAME AS MAJOR IN OTHER branches
oh, you mean the ‘other’ picture...
Looks like BM3, the diamond below probably specialty rate, someone mentioned him being Helmsman so that may be it.
Doubt any hashmarks, they indicate probably only did a few years.
Yes. Owned a fair portion of what today is Pasadena too. Had the foresight to see the direction the population was moving. Said to have been one of richest men in show biz.
But when he lied on the stand in the Caine Mutiny, well, I don't care if I liked his brother's hair cut, (Uncle Charlie), I hated the SOB. :-)
Heres another famous actor who was in the Navy during WWI:
He mentored an upcoming promising actor in 1930's Hollywood by the name of John Wayne. Most people recognize him as sheriff Micah on The Rifleman.
Ah yes, the Caine mutiny. I’m a movie star! It was in the scene where junior officers went to see the admiral. They painted a “34” on the bow so it looked like the Oriscany. Really it was the USS Kearsarge, just one of the carriers in Task force 77. I was one of several sailors running across the flight deck. Which reminds me. I never did get paid for my acting career.
That isn’t Chaplin. Don’t know who it is but for sure it is not Charles Chaplin.
No, his mother was a famous author and illustrator of baby books and as an infant, Bogey was her model.
Maybe Bogart’s greatest acting job. It’s one thing to play the stereotypical good guy all the time. A real good actor can play a variety of characters and make them believable. I read the book and saw the movie. Bogart was exceptional as Queeg. In fact the job portraying a person like Queeg, who neither a villain nor a hero, has to be one of the toughest acting jobs.
That is indeed Charles Chaplin-probably in his mid-to-late 40s.
Your photo contains no ship. All I see is water and smoke.
Lawrence Olivier has that kind of depth and reach. I cannot think of a modern actor who isn’t simply playing themselves playing someone else.
I’ve always liked Paul Fix. Fun to see him in his younger days, playing little weasely characters in early-30s b-westerns. Quite a contrast to his solid grandfatherly roles in 60s tv.
Indeed it is NOT Chaplin and hardly resembles him at all. I just checked with my expert and was told it’s her husband. (Dietrich’s husband, that is.)
God,what a film and what a performance.
Time to see it again.