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To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 20 January 1945 (USA)
During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous 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 <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only film to date (2000) based on a novel by a Nobel Prize-winning author (Ernest Hemingway) to have its screenplay co-written by another Nobel Prize-winning author (William Faulkner). See more »

Goofs

When Harry tells Eddie he can relax after picking up the passengers, Eddie cycles the lever action on his rifle, which ejects the shell that was chambered. Harry then tells Eddie not to unload because they aren't home yet. But just cycling the lever action won't unload the rifle unless the chambered round is the last one, and it would be very unlikely in the situation for Eddie to be carrying a rifle with only one round and for Harry to know it only had one round in it. That would defeat the purpose of carrying a lever-action rifle. And in fact, a short time later, they run into a patrol boat and Harry fires several shots with the rifle with no further cycling of the lever action between Eddie's cycling of the action and Harry firing the first shot, proving it wasn't unloaded. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Des enfants gâtés (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

How Little We Know
(1944)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Lauren Bacall (uncredited), Hoagy Carmichael (uncredited) and others
Played occasionally in the score and at the end
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Battered Bogart meets 'The Look'
16 November 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"To Have and Have Not" is notable mainly for an electric first teaming of soon-to-be marrieds Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and this free adaptation of a Hemingway story gives the stars plenty of time to shine. Bacall in particular steals the show with her checkered suits and her husky voice 'You know how to whistle, don't you? Put your lips together and blow.'

'The Look' was certainly an accurate description of this fine lady's first screen appearance. In support is comical Walter Brennan, as Bogart's drunken pal. Most memorable are the sequences where Bacall 'sings' (according to legend with the vocal help of Andy Williams!) to Hoagy Carmichael's accompaniment; and the lazy, sexy repartee between the two leads. A sizzling 40s confection from the great Howard Hawks.


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