[David Niven recalls the moment of Huston’s call-up for military service during World War II.]
The word came by phone when he was in the middle of directing Bogie in a scene in which the Japanese enemy had surrounded hero Bogart in a small building. His escape had been carefully rehearsed — who he shot, who he knifed, and through which window he would jump, etc.
“Huston never said a word about the receipt of his ‘call-up,’ he just tripled the number of Japanese around the building, boarded it up with the hero inside and left for Europe. A hastily summoned take-over director found a note on the door: ‘I’m in the Army — Bogie will know how to get out.’ ”