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To Have and Have Not (1944)

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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.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (novel), Jules Furthman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Harry Morgan
Walter Brennan ... Eddie
Lauren Bacall ... Marie 'Slim' Browning
Dolores Moran ... Mme. Hellene de Bursac
Hoagy Carmichael ... Cricket
Sheldon Leonard ... Lt. Coyo
Walter Szurovy Walter Szurovy ... Paul de Bursac (as Walter Molnar)
Marcel Dalio ... Gerard aka Frenchy
Walter Sande ... Johnson
Dan Seymour ... Capt. M. Renard
Aldo Nadi Aldo Nadi ... Renard's Bodyguard
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Storyline

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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Introducing the sensational new discovery LAUREN BACALL See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,650,000, 31 December 1945
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a biography of William Faulkner, he was the sole author of the "second revised final" script, but Hawks changed so much of the story to suit his own style that little of Faulkner's work remained. See more »

Goofs

While on the boat, and just after the exchange of fire, Humphrey Bogart tells Walter Brennan, who is at the helm, to steer the boat at "one sixty." A boat captain would pronounce this "one-six-zero" to avoid confusion with "one sixteen" (pronounced "one-one-six"). 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

Version of The Breaking Point (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Am I Blue?
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Performed by Hoagy Carmichael, Lauren Bacall and others
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A Weak Successor to "Casablanca"
8 June 2010 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

I've never read Ernest Hemingway's novel, but I'm aware that Hemingway felt this was his worst novel, and that apparently he and director Howard Hawks made some sort of wager that Hawks could turn this into a good movie. Sorry, but in my view, Hawks lost the wager. No doubt he had access to a great cast. Humphrey Bogart played the lead character of Harry Morgan - a fishing boat captain on the French island of Martinique during World War II who gets caught up in helping the French Resistance. The cast also featured Walter Brennan as his rummy sidekick Eddie, and this was Lauren Bacall's film debut as Morgan's love interest Slim. Even Hoagy Carmichael appears as the piano playing Cricket. So, the cast is great; the story unfortunately less so.

To me, it came across as a weak successor to the previous year's classic "Casablanca." In that classic, Bogie dealt with the challenge of helping the French Resistance and dealing with the Vichy authorities in North Africa. The idea is the same here, with the action transferred to the French West Indies. But the story takes a very long time in developing - it takes about an hour before we really know what's happening. That opening hour deals largely with Morgan's business relationship with Mr. Johnson, who rented his boat for fishing - which really had little to do with the story as it finally developed, and - admittedly just my opinion - Lauren Bacall is not the world's greatest singer! Where "Casablanca" provided an interesting study of the dilemma of French officials who had to choose between Vichy or de Gaulle, there was none of that here. The Vichy officials portrayed seem to have no hesitations or second thoughts about serving Vichy. In the end, everything seemed to fall together far too easily. There was no great build-up of suspense; neither was there any release of tension as it ended. It's certainly worth watching for fans of Bogie and Bacall, but in all honesty it's not a great movie.


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