The Man with Bogart's Face
The Man with Bogart's Face (also called Sam Marlowe, Private Eye) is a 1980 American comedy film, released by 20th Century Fox and based on a novel of the same name. Andrew J. Fenady, author of the novel, produced the film and wrote the screenplay.
|The Man with Bogart's Face|
|Directed by||Robert Day|
|Produced by||Andrew J. Fenady|
|Written by||Andrew J. Fenady|
Yvonne De Carlo
|Music by||George Duning|
|Cinematography||Richard C. Glouner|
|Edited by||Houseley Stevenson Jr.|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
A man calling himself Sam Marlowe (Robert Sacchi) has his face altered to resemble that of his idol, Humphrey Bogart, and then opens a detective agency. At first he and his secretary Duchess (Misty Rowe) have meager business, but things pick up after a shooting puts Sam's picture in the paper. Some ruthless people, who are coincidentally also similar to characters in Bogart films (and played by Victor Buono, Herbert Lom, and Michelle Phillips), are after a priceless set of blue sapphires called the Eyes of Alexander (from a statue of Alexander the Great), and Marlowe and Duchess are caught in the middle of it all.
- Robert Sacchi - Sam Marlowe
- Franco Nero - Hakim
- Michelle Phillips - Gena
- Olivia Hussey - Elsa
- Herbert Lom - Mr. Zebra
- Misty Rowe - Duchess
- Victor Buono - Commodore Anastas
- Sybil Danning - Cynthia
- Richard Bakalyan - Lieutenant Bumbera
- Gregg Palmer - Sergeant Hacksaw
- Jay Robinson - Wolf/Zinderneuf
- George Raft - Petey Cane
- Yvonne De Carlo - Teresa Anastas
- Mike Mazurki - Himself
- Henry Wilcoxon - Mr. Chevalier
- Victor Sen Yung - Mr. Wing
- Robert Sacchi, noted for his resemblance to Bogart, has played similar roles in other movies and television shows.
- The name "Sam Marlowe" is taken from two film characters played by Bogart: Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon and Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep.
- Also appearing in this film are screen veterans George Raft (in his last film role), Jay Robinson, Henry Wilcoxon, Victor Sen Yung (who had appeared with Humphrey Bogart in Across the Pacific), Victor Buono, Yvonne De Carlo, Mike Mazurki, and Franco Nero.
- The film won the first Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song for "The Man with Bogart's Face".
The film was released on DVD by Image Entertainment on July 10, 2007. This release has since been out of print and it is now rather difficult to find a complete version on home media. A 95-minute broadcast network television airing is available on YouTube.