Hippie culture: Don’t Bogart That Joint!


My Galveston novel will be set between 1971 and 1983. I wanted to use the expression, “Don’t bogart that joint,” which I remembered using. But curious about the phrase, I googled it and came across the song, Don’t Bogart That Joint! with some interesting stills from the hippie era.


I thought the phrase derived from the way Humphrey Bogart held a cigarette, but the Urban Dictionary says it “refers to characteristics displayed by the actor Humphrey Bogart in his portrayal of Fred Dobbs in the 1948 motion picture, ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.’ Dobbs is selfish and distrustful of his friends and attempts to hoard for himself the gold that he and his companions discover while prospecting in Mexico.”

Poster, top, from tokeofthetown.com, below from allposters.com.


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