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.