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To Have and Have Not (1944)

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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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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 <>

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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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1.37 : 1
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Feature film debut of Hoagy Carmichael. See more »


Just before Eddy is slapped, supposedly unexpectedly, by Steve (c. 49 minutes) the left side of his face tenses up in anticipation of the blow. 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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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »


Hong Kong Blues
(1939) (uncredited)
Written by Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Hoagy Carmichael
© 1939 (Renewed) Frank Music Corp.
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There is a reason why...
25 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

... Bogart is held in high esteem for his career of acting. He was just that damn good.

Forget all of the top ten lists, awards, honorable mentions, etc. It's really hard to put a finger on it exactly, but his ability to transform what in a script is a mediocre character with average, even sometimes corny lines, into someone who you always seem to be rooting for - someone who's delivery is always convincing - has to be proof of natural skill.

The interplay between he and Bacall is some of the most unforced, natural acting ever to grace the big screen. And what could be sexier than Bacall's flirting before they kissed? One not to be missed.

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