OK, this is not a particularly heavy post, it’s nothing like the Cattle Queen of Montana post, for example, but still, what the fuck? Why is the DVD release of Sabrina all about Audrey Hepburn and not at all about Humphrey Bogart? Isn’t Humphrey one of the all-time Hollywood legends? Hasn’t anyone heard of, you know, The Maltese Falcon? Treasure of the Sierra Madre? Casablanca? The African Queen? As for Audrey, well, she could fill out a Givenchy sheath like nobody’s business, but take away the opera gloves, the cigarette holder, those big, big baby-doll eyes, those bangs from heaven, OK, she was cool, but come on! Humphrey Bogart was fuckin’ Humphrey Bogart, man! He was the man! Nobody says “don’t Hepburn that joint,” do they?
On a related note, check out Humphrey’s picture on the cover here. It’s been airbrushed, tinted, and photoshopped until Humphrey looks like a teenager! What’s up with that? Did the suits think “Make Humphrey look like a kid! It’ll be huge!”
The IMB trivia page for Sabrina comes through in a big way.* Apparently, Humphrey was a substitute for Cary Grant. He wanted wifie Lauren Bacall to replace Audrey, but that didn’t work out. He heartily disliked co-star William Holden, who detested Humphrey in return. Audrey seems to have gotten most of the publicity for the picture (see below), while earning $15,000 as compared to Humphrey’s $300,000.
*That’s assuming it’s all true. Well, they’re all dead now, so what the fuck, right?