Roles turned down by Humphrey Bogart:
The screenplay was written with Bogart in mind but he was contractually committed to another film.
Actor who got the part: WIlliam Holden
Bogart declined the role of Johnny Farrell in what was to become a classic film noir and huge box-office hit. He reasoned that, with gorgeous Rita Hayworth playing Gilda, audiences wouldn't look at anyone else.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Ford
Director John Huston originally wanted to make this movie in the Forties, but could not get it off the ground.
Actor who got the part: Michael Caine
Humphrey Bogart agreed to do the movie, filmed costume tests with his co-star, Lauren Bacall, and then fell ill with the cancer that finally took his life. The movie was later filmed as "Top Secret Affair."
Actor who got the part: Kirk Douglas
Declined the role of "Norman Maine," the tragic movie star in a downward spiral.
Actor who got the part: James Mason
Did you know that Humphrey Bogart was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)