Bill Dudley’s Hollywood: Stephen Humphrey Bogart Revives His Father’s Production Company

Author: Bill Dudley

Stephen Humphrey Bogart is the son of Hollywood royalty. His father was Humphrey Bogart, and his mother was Lauren Bacall. Many consider them the greatest movie couple of all time, even tho they only made 4 films together.

They met on the set of To Have And Have Not, Bogart was 44 and Lauren was only 19 at the time, but a very mature 19.  Their onscreen chemistry sizzled and they married shortly after, co-starring in The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. Two of those films are considered among the best film noir creations of all time, as is Bogart’s previous success The Maltese Falcon.

Unlike his famous parents, Stephen Bogart has led a quiet yet very successful life of his own. He has written several books including “Play It Again,” “Bogart: In Search Of My Father” and been a producer for the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, and NBC Nightly News. Stephen has become the steward of the Bogart/Bacall legacy, and has recently c0-partnered to launch Bogart’s Real Irish Gin, even though he himself (surprisingly) doesn’t drink.

Stephen has also resurrected his dad’s old film production company, Santana Productions, which was active from 1948 until his father’s death in 1957. The evening I met Stephen, a woman in front of me presented him with a gorgeous mint condition 1949 issue of Look Magazine featuring Bogart and Bacall holding a one month old Stephen Bogart on the cover. Stephen gladly signed it, but hardly re-acted to the fact that HIS own family, including an infant Stephen himself was on the cover. Stephen seems very un-Hollywood, yet is very interested in assembling new and interesting films under the Bogart name.

The first film release from Santana is appropriately a new film noir, The Last Lonely Place filmed in on the streets of Los Angeles,West LA, Malibu, and Santa Monica. Although finding it unusual  to watch a film noir in color, it captures the moody, plot shifting confusion of it’s black and white ancestors. The plot revolves around a cab driver named “Sam,” compellingly played by Rhys Coiro),who picks up some very interesting riders, (Xander Berkeley and Carly Pope).

I can’t tell you more, but it does capture the feel of a classic noir with a contemporary look, and a strong cast. Amazingly, The Last Lonely Place was made for only $125,000, and is currently on VOD.

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