Actor Humphrey Bogart, who was born on Christmas Day, married his fourth wife, actress Lauren Bacall, in 1945, 11 days after his divorce was final from third wife Mayo Methot.
He was 45, she was 20.
The duo made four films together: "To Have and Have Not" (1944), "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947), and "Key Largo" (1948).
He was nominated four times for an Oscar, winning once, the best actor Academy Award for one of my brother Tom's favorite films of all time, "The African Queen."
While starring in United Artist Studios' "The African Queen" with Katharine Hepburn in 1952, during filming, most of the cast and crew became sick with dysentery from drinking the water while on location. But Bogart's habits of drinking alcohol saved him from suffering any such bouts.
Cinemark Holdings, Inc., the world's highest attended motion picture exhibitor, just announced the "Fall Classics Series," featuring six legendary Hollywood movies, shown in more than 150 Cinemark theaters across the country, including our Valparaiso location at 700 Porter's Vale Blvd. FYI: (800) 326-3264
All of these digitally restored movies will play each Thursday, during the months of August and September, at two separate show times, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
"Cinemark's Classic Film Series has proven to be a fan favorite for movie lovers of all ages," said James Meredith, vice president of marketing and communications for Cinemark.
"Customers are taking advantage of this great opportunity to see some of Hollywood’s legendary films in crystal clear digital projection and incredible surround sound. Some of our locations will be featuring these titles on our Cinemark XD Extreme Digital Cinema screen."
Cinemark selected six titles that were visionary films at the time of their release, and still stand as true "classics" in every sense of the word. The list of films and dates of their presentation are:
• Aug. 23 "Jaws" (1975) Rated PG
• Aug. 30 "High Noon" (1952) Not Rated
• Sept. 6 "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) Rated PG-13
• Sept. 13 "Chinatown" (1974) Rated R
• Sept. 20 "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) Rated PG
• Sept. 27 "The African Queen" (1951) Not Rated
Cinemark also offers "Print at Home" ticketing, available at cinemark.com, to make it easy for patrons to purchase tickets in advance from the comfort of their home or office. Customers can bypass lines at the box office and go directly to a kiosk in the theater lobby.
Also, guests can download and purchase tickets through Cinemark's mobile applications that are available for iPhone and Android phones.
Finally, to stay connected, customers can sign up online to receive free, weekly showtime e-mailers that contain online coupons for discounts at the concession stand and other weekly special offers.
A full list of participating Cinemark locations, advance ticket purchases and show time information can be found at cinemark.com.
Cinemark bills itself as the leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 459 theaters with 5,181 screens in 39 U.S. states, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and 10 other Latin American countries as of March 31, 2012.
For more information go to investors.cinemark.com.