By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated January 26, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

Tough Without a Gun

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Humphrey Bogart was an icon in an age of icons: distinctive face, memorable voice. Even his name was atypical. Kanfer, who previously delved into the lives of Lucille Ball and Marlon Brando, labors to bring us the man behind the star, but he never gets beneath the celluloid surface. Tough Without a Gun presents a relatively comprehensive guide to the straight facts of Bogart’s life — his tony upbringing, his years in theater, his battles with the House Un-American Activities Committee. But it’s not quite the stuff that dreams are made of. B-

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