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To Have and Have Not

  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Howard Hawks
  • 96 mins
  • PG

Summary

A sultry pickpocket becomes involved with a charter-boat captain during the Second World War - but her need to leave the Vichy-controlled island of Martinique and get back to the States prompts him to embark on a risky operation with a group of French freedom fighters. Thriller, starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan and Hoagy Carmichael.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When producer/director Howard Hawks accepted the drunken challenge of filming Ernest Hemingway's "unfilmable" novel, neither of the two reprobates could have foreseen this as the outcome. One of Hollywood's most satisfying romantic melodramas, this reworking of Casablanca features Humphrey Bogart in one of his best roles, as a reluctant patriot who falls for sultry Lauren Bacall (in her movie debut), and the two leads created an on-screen chemistry that resulted in a lifetime's love affair: "If you want me, just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you Steve?". This is a gloriously witty and wonderfully enjoyable movie, with marvellous support for the two stars from Hawks favourite Walter Brennan: "Wuz you ever bit by a dead bee?...". This one is a must: they don't come better.

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Credits

Cast

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Harry MorganHumphrey Bogart
EddieWalter Brennan
Marie Browning "Slim"Lauren Bacall
Helene De BursacDolores Moran
CrickettHoagy Carmichael
Paul De BursacWalter Molnar
Lieutenant CoyoSheldon Leonard

Crew

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DirectorHoward Hawks

Details

Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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