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To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  20 January 1945 (USA)
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During WWII, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a Free French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sexy lounge singer.



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Complete credited cast:
Dolores Moran ...
Walter Szurovy ...
Paul de Bursac (as Walter Molnar)
Walter Sande ...
Dan Seymour ...
Aldo Nadi ...


Harry Morgan and his alcoholic sidekick, Eddie, are based on the island of Martinique and crew a boat available for hire. However, since the second world war is happening around them business is not what it could be and after a customer who owes them a large sum fails to pay they are forced against their better judgment to violate their preferred neutrality and to take a job for the resistance transporting a fugitive on the run from the Nazis to Martinique. Through all this runs the stormy relationship between Morgan and Marie "Slim" Browning, a resistance sympathizer and the sassy singer in the club where Morgan spends most of his days. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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...the screen's most masculine he-man meets the year's sexiest feminine discovery! See more »


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Release Date:

20 January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Lauren Bacall. NOTE: The DVD sleeve notes state that she was 19 years of age at the time, while her dialogue in the film indicates that she was playing a character (Marie "Slim" Browning) who was 22. See more »


The scene showing the patrol boat firing at Morgan's boat, the machine gun is not recoiling, the bolt is not moving nor is there any gun smoke. This type of MG the bolt would recoil after every fired cartridge and would cause the whole gun to have some recoil effect. The gunner was just standing there, he would have to move his fingers or thumbs to fire the gun. See more »


Title Card: [first lines]
Title Card: Martinique, in the summer of 1940, shortly after the fall of France.
Title Card: Forte de France
Steve: Morning.
Officer at port: Good Morning, Captain Morgan. What can I do for you today?
Steve: Same thing as yesterday.
Officer at port: You and your client wish to make a temporary exit from the port?
Steve: *That* is right.
Officer at port: Name?
Steve: Ha - Harry Morgan.
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Spoofed in Bacall to Arms (1946) See more »


Hong Kong Blues
(1939) (uncredited)
Written by Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Hoagy Carmichael
© 1939 (Renewed) Frank Music Corp.
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Close, Very Close To Casablanca Greatness
14 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is almost a clone of the more-famous "Casablanca".....and almost as good! The film is very entertaining from the get-go with all three leading actors a lot of fun to watch. I am referring to Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Walter Brennan.

This was Bacall's first film. She was 19 years old, looked 30 and never looked better. Her face, at that time, was stunningly beautiful, mesmerizing at times. So is her dialog, capped off by the famous line, asking Bogart if he knows how to whistle. It isn't just the line, it's the way she says it.....and Bogart's reaction. Bogart is outstanding, just as he was in Casablanca. Same type of character: an apolitical American overseas who reluctantly winds up helping fight the Nazis. As for Brennan, normally I don't find drunks appealing, just sloppy and obnoxious. However, Brenenan is neither here; he''s simply fun to watch and someone you can't help but like. I think he was one of the more underrated actors of his time.

The story had a good blend of intrigue, action, suspense, comedy, beautiful women, great characters and great dialog. It''s too bad it has nowhere near the notoriety of Casablanca. It 's only a small notch below it.

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