EST. 2010

Saturday Video: Bugs Bunny & Humphrey Bogart Hanging Out in Martinique

In just three short days we’ll announce the winner of our Martinique Magnifique Sweepstakes, and since it’s Saturday morning, why not watch a classic cartoon featuring The Isle of Flowers!

Most of us likely missed it when enjoying this Looney Tunes caper as kids, but round about the middle of the video, Bugs and his buddy, Playboy, end up marooned on Martinique. While there, Bugs composes an ode to my favorite French Caribbean paradise and is visited upon by another famous character with Hollywood ties to the island.

Fans of classic Hollywood films will recognize the “fellow American who’s down on his luck” that emerges from nowhere at varying points throughout the film as none other than Humphrey Bogart. The character mimics the role of Fred Dobbs, which Bogart played in the 1948 John Huston classic, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

One of the first Hollywood productions filmed entirely outside of the U.S., Sierra Madre is a classic western based around the time of the Mexican Revolution. Notably, at least to me, it’s also the movie where the first cinematic variation of the “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” line made famous by the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles, originated.

Sierra Madre was shot in Durango and Tampico, Mexico, so what, you might be asking, does any of this have to do with Martinique?

Well, it’s all about Bogart. One of his more famous roles was that of Harry Morgan in the 1944 big screen adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel, To Have and Have Not. The WWII-era film, which marked the movie debut of a then-unknown teenage beauty named Lauren Bacall, is set entirely in Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique.

Not sure if the Looney Tunes folks were going for all these connections, but it all adds up to the usual laughs. Enjoy, and if you haven’t already, click here to enter our Martinique Magnifique Sweepstakes so you can follow in these famous footsteps…

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