To Have and Have Not (1944) - Plot Summary Poster

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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>
  • In the summer of 1940 American Harry Morgan lives in Martinique, a French colony in the Caribbean. He takes tourists out sports fishing and tries his best to mind his own business, especially when it comes to politics as the Nazis have just invaded France. Unable to collect from a client who is killed by a stray bullet and in need of cash, Morgan agrees to smuggle a Free French leader onto the island. With the help of a new friend, Marie 'Slim' Browning and his pal Eddie, he tries to stay one step ahead of the local secret police. Morgan quickly realizes he needs to get out of Martinique but complications arise forcing him to take sides in the fight after all.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • The tense situation in Nazi occupied France also hits the French colony Martinique in the Caribbean. In its capital Fort de France an American sea captain, Harry Morgan, has some trouble with the local authorities, who is all the time spying on possible collaborators of the resistance movement. But Harry Morgan is a recluse, who doesn't want to be involved in anything. He keeps all persons at a distance, except the alcoholic sailor Eddie, who he cares for. A young woman, Marie Browning, age 22, moves into Hotel Marquis in the room opposite his. She immediately captures his interest, and she is also affected by him. Morgan thinks this isn't a proper milieu for a young woman, and wants to help her get back home. To be able to pay her flight ticket, he contacts the resistance movement, saying he accepts transporting two persons from Anguilla to Martinique with his fishing boat in the night, if he is well paid. During the operation they are spotted by a patrol boat, but Morgan extinguishes their lantern by a gunshot, and slips away with his boat. Next morning Sûreté Nationale, the French equivalent to Gestapo, suspects Morgan for being the one who brought two resistance fighters to Martinique and tries to press him to reveal their hiding place.

    - Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}
  • During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sexy lounge singer.

    - Written by duke1029@aol.com


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