Retrospective 2016

To Have and Have Not

Howard Hawks
USA 1944
99 min

Probably the best movie ever made on a bet (Hawks bragged to buddy Ernest Hemingway that he could make a good movie from his worst novel), TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT is admired today for its charged dialogue and witty scenes, establishing Humphrey Bogart as a romantic lead, as the debut vehicle for Lauren Bacall (and her first pairing with Bogart), and for presenting the quintessential Hawks hero, an individualist who expresses his sense of justice and morality through action.
Hawks famously threw out most of Hemingway’s story, keeping the focus on one character, fishing boat captain Harry Morgan, rather than splitting the story between two disconnected characters as the novel had done. His screenwriters then fashioned a script which, by Hawks’ admission, was more concerned with snappy dialogue and appealing characters than following the tangled intrigues of the plot. (John Miller)

  • Humphrey Bogart - Harry «Steve» Morgan
  • Walter Brennan - Eddie
  • Lauren Bacall - Marie «Slim» Browning
  • William Faulkner
  • Jules Furthman
  • Leigh Brackett
  • Whitman Chambers
  • Sidney Hickox
  • Oliver S. Garretson
  • Christian Nyby
  • William Lava
  • Franz Waxman
  • Charles Novi
  • Milo Anderson
Warner Bros.

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35 mm
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