To Have and Have Not

directed by Howard Hawks
Category: "Drama"
Year of Release:1944
Date Added:03/03/2005
Date Watched:09/06/1992
Description:From the DVD jacket: Help the Free French? Not world-weary Harry Morgan. But he changes his mind when a sultry siren named Marie asks, "Anybody got a match?" That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old Lauren Bacall in her acting debut. Written by William Faulkner and Jules Furthman, this movie retains very little of Ernest Hemingway's novel.

Humphrey Bogart .... Harry 'Steve' Morgan
Walter Brennan .... Eddie
Lauren Bacall .... Marie 'Slim' Browning
Dolores Moran .... Mme. Hellene de Bursac
Hoagy Carmichael .... Cricket
Sheldon Leonard .... Lt. Coyo
Walter Szurovy .... Paul de Bursac
Marcel Dalio .... Gerard (Frenchy)
Walter Sande .... Johnson, fishing customer
Dan Seymour .... Capt. M. Renard
My Rating:8

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Review - To Have and Have Not (movie)

Harry Morgan runs a fishing charter out of Martinique in 1940. He runs his boat with the help of Eddie, his always-drunk friend. Frenchy, the manager of the hotel where Morgan stays, asks him to pick up two Free French operatives from a neighboring island and bring them to Martinique. At first Morgan says no, but when his charter, an American named Johnson is killed during a police raid and the police take all of Morgan’s money, he changes his mind. The next night he goes to pick up the two people, a Mr. Bursac and his wife. They are chased by a patrol boat, and Bursac is shot. Frenchy hides him in the basement of the hotel, and Morgan removes the bullet.

While all this is going on, Morgan is falling in love with Marie Browning, a young American woman who is traveling around the Caribbean on her own but is out of money. She helps Morgan take care of Bursac and makes it very obvious that she likes him. The police confront Morgan in his room. He shoots one of them and forces the other to write out harbor passes for him, Marie and the Bursacs. They leave, ostensibly to rescue a Free-French prisoner from Devil’s Island.

• From IMDB — Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall fell in love during production. Director Howard Hawks afterward said that it was actually Bacall's character Marie that Bogart had fallen for, "so she had to keep playing it the rest of her life.”

The movie retains very little of the absolutely horrible Ernest Hemingway novel by the same name. It's a poor man’s Casablanca, with a silly plot and some really corny dialogue, but it works because of Bogart and Bacall.

It includes the famous line, “You do know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

From IMDB — Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall fell in love during production. Director Howard Hawks afterward said that it was actually Bacall's character Marie that Bogart had fallen for, "so she had to keep playing it the rest of her life.”
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