September 10th, 2020


Movie Critique - To Have and Have Not

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: With hardly anything to do with the novel, the film presented a version of it's own with some talented star cast; memorable dialogues; magnificent direction; and above all a very entertaining one that is a must watch.

To Have and Have Not is a 1944 American romantic-war film loosely based on Ernst Hemingway's 1937 novel of the same name. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Walter Brennan were in the lead cast. Directed by Howard Hawks and Produced by Hawks and Jack L. Warner; screenplay was written by Jules Furthman and William Faulkner with inputs from Hemingway - two Nobel Prize winners being part of the film. 

The plot is set in Martinique, a French island, in the summer of 1940. Harry Morgan (portrayed by Humphrey Bogart) owns a small fishing boat, the Queen Conch, that he charters to tourists; along with his mate, Eddie (portrayed by Walter Brennan). He meets Marie "Slim" Browning (portrayed by Lauren Bacall), a young American wanderer. at the hotel he resides in. Romance develops between Harry and Slim; but war between the Resistance and police happens, and from there their efforts to escape from the island.

Hemingway and Hawks were very good friends, and Hawks had mentioned that he could make one of his worst books into the best film; and his choice was the 1937 novel To Have and Have Not. He did make it a successful movie with a relatively unknown heroine; got one of the greatest love story of Hollywood out of it.

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