Humphrey Bogart: The Everyman Persona and Its Overlooked Impact on Both His Career and Legacy
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.A.) -- Cinema Studies
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Cinema Studies
Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-38)
Humphrey Bogart is one of the definitive American actors, especially during the Golden Age of Hollywood. However, his everyman persona defines more of his public image than Hollywood trade magazines and his signature films acknowledge. His down-to-earth attitude about fame reveals why his ordinariness as a leading actor prevailed over time. Thus, Bogart’s everyman persona appeals more to audiences during and after the Golden Age of Hollywood instead of the tough guy image developed from his most well-known movies. I will use Hollywood trade magazines and close readings of High Sierra, In a Lonely Place, Breathless and Play It Again, Sam to support why the everyman persona is synonymous with Bogart’s legacy.
Keywords: Everyman Persona, Onscreen Image, Hollywood Trade Magazines, Golden Age of Hollywood, Popular Appeal, Down-to-Earth Attitude, Posthumous Legacy
CHAIR: Newsom, Chad
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