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Film: The Caine Mutiny
1954's "The Caine Mutiny" was not Humphrey Bogart's last film (he made half a dozen others before dying in 1957), but it was arguably his last great film. Unlike the roles Bogart had as a young man, his role as Lieutenant Commander Phillip Queeg in The Caine Mutiny sees him as a grizzled veteran tasked with restoring order to a poorly run ship. His character is nit-picking, paranoid, and all but washed up. Instead of being the leading man, Bogart serves as the foil for two junior officers--Lieutenant Thomas Keefer and Ensign Willie Keith--who are locked in a Manichean struggle. It's a role Bogart plays well, seeing as it mirrored his own declining stature in Hollywood; Bogart complained after the film was released that he got less than he deserved for the role. August 20 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Phone: 202-628-6161. Web: http://www.nationaltheatre.org/

Film: The Caine Mutiny 1954's "The Caine Mutiny" was not Humphrey Bogart's last film (he made half a dozen others before dying in 1957), but it was arguably his last great film. Unlike the roles Bogart had as a young man, his role as Lieutenant Commander Phillip Queeg in The Caine Mutiny sees him as a grizzled veteran tasked with restoring order to a poorly run ship. His character is nit-picking, paranoid, and all but washed up. Instead of being the leading man, Bogart serves as the foil for two junior officers--Lieutenant Thomas Keefer and Ensign Willie Keith--who are locked in a Manichean struggle. It's a role Bogart plays well, seeing as it mirrored his own declining stature in Hollywood; Bogart complained after the film was released that he got less than he deserved for the role. August 20 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Phone: 202-628-6161. Web: http://www.nationaltheatre.org/

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