To Have and Have Not
1944 | Film Noir | 100 minutes | English
It’s 1940 and Harry Morgan is busy operating a small fishing boat in Fort-de-France, Martinique, a French colony in the Caribbean. World War II is raging in Europe and France has fallen. Martinique is now controlled by pro-German Vichy France. The island is a hotbed of dissent as many inhabitants continue to be sympathetic to a Free France. At Harry’s hotel, Gerard, the hotel owner, urges him to get involved with the French Resistance. Harry refuses, preferring to stay out of the political turmoil. Harry then becomes smitten after he meets Marie “Slim” Browning, a beautiful American singer who is looking for a way to get off the island. Meanwhile, Gerard offers Harry a job to transport two resistance members, Paul de Bursac and his wife Helene, to the island. Harry needs the money so he reluctantly accepts. Harry also wants the money to buy Slim a plane ticket back to the U.S. Harry’s boat is spotted by a navy patrol boat. Paul is wounded and taken back to the hotel. When Harry returns he finds out that Slim did not use the plane ticket. She wants to be with him. The police close in at the hotel. With Slim’s help Harry gains access to a gun. Well, it’s a Bogie film, so you know Morgan will force, at gunpoint, the police to issue harbor passes. As they board the boat, Harry agrees to help Paul and his fight for a Free France.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
- National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart)
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Mr. Bogart is almost as impressive as he was as Rick, the Casablanca host. And as the wistful bird of passage who moves dauntlessly into his life, Lauren Bacall, a blondish newcomer, is plainly a girl with whom to cope.
Howard Hawks’s 1944 answer to CASABLANCA is a far superior film and every bit as entertaining. In many ways it’s the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant.
The Bogart and Bacall legendary love scenes make the movie, but there are also other solid performances, taut action, and super dialogue.
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