Friday, January 22, 2021

Photograph of Humphrey Bogart on the set of Casablanca (1942) wearing shoes with 3-inch wooden platforms tied to them, he often had to wear them during filming to make up for the height disparity between him and co-star Ingrid Bergman.



  1. Hump 5'8"
    Ing 5'10"

    He had to stand on a step ladder to service her properly.

  2. Short people got no reason
    To live
    They got little hands
    And little eyes
    And they walk around
    Tellin' great big lies
    They got little noses
    And tiny little teeth
    They wear platform shoes
    On their nasty little feet

  3. In the Iron Man and Avengers movies you can sometimes see the platforms Robert Downey Jr. had to wear next to Gwyneth Paltrow, for the same reason.

  4. Look at Kirk Douglas’s boots the next time you watch The gunfight at the ok corral.

  5. And I always wondered who-in-the-world used wikifeet on the internet?!
    Now I know!

  6. I took my grandmother to the taping of the Lawrence Welk show when I was junior in high school. I was amused to see that Larry had lifts in his shoes and the Irish tenor stood on a box so he could lean against the piano. I also learned during a back lot tour at Universal Studios that the doors on the Gunsmoke set were cut smaller so the men would appear larger. Not that the 6'6" James Arness needed the help.

  7. Don't forget the exalted Scientologist T. "Maverick" Cruise who had to be airlifted into the Tom Cat's cockpit where the rudder pedals were fitted with 6 inch blocks

  8. Another short leading man was Robert Conrad, starring in the Wild, Wild, West series of the early '60s (...been watching reruns recently!)...he was also mid 5ft, and on the short side...his costarring ladies had a 5'6" hiring maximum, but he was a talented gymnast who did almost all of his own stunts...James West...he was the best!