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. 

Humphrey Bogart (Harry  Morgan) / Lauren Bacall (Marie “Slim”  Browning) / Marcel Dalio (Gerard) / Walter Szurovy (Paul de Bursac) / Dolores Moran (Helene de Bursac)
Why Stream This Film?
It’s rare for an actor, no matter how talented, to give superlative performances in back-to-back films. Humphrey Bogart achieved this big time, first with Casablanca  and then in To Have and Have NotCritics raved about the chemistry between Bogart and Bacall.  That’s when they fell in love and got married one year after the completion of the film. She was 20 years old he was 45.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart)
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.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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.
Dave Kehr

Chicago Reader

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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