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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What are you so sore about?
Loosely based on Ernest Hemmingway's novel, To Have And Have Not features crisp dialogue, seamless direction from Howard Hawks and top tier acting. But be that as it may, the film is best remembered for the coupling of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who quickly took their on screen romance out into the real world. The rest as they say is history.

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Published on 8 Mar. 2011 by Spike Owen

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hemingway onscreen
An odd stop-go-stop-go screenplay, with Bogart being himself as usual, the hard man whose shell is crackable only by, in this case, Lauren Bacall. Walter Brennan is his rummy sidekick who we feel is likely to take a bullet or otherwise croak - but doesn't. He does a bang up job with this part. Dan Seymour is the loathsome Vichy French head cop who is the main enemy. Bad...
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4.0 out of 5 stars What are you so sore about?, 8 Mar. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Loosely based on Ernest Hemmingway's novel, To Have And Have Not features crisp dialogue, seamless direction from Howard Hawks and top tier acting. But be that as it may, the film is best remembered for the coupling of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who quickly took their on screen romance out into the real world. The rest as they say is history.

The story is set in the Caribbean city of Fort de France, Martinique, shortly after the fall of France to the Germans. Harry 'Steve' Morgan (Bogart) is a world wise fishing boat captain who is wanted to do a secretive people smuggle from a nearby island for the French Resistance. Initially very reluctant, Harry has to take on the job when a series of events leave him flat broke. Also into his life comes Marie 'Slim' Browning (Bacall), an American pickpocket who has come to the island more by default than design. So with his alcoholic pal in tow {Walter Brennan} and the Gestapo breathing down his neck, Harry has a whole heap of issues suddenly making his once neutral and tranquil life explosive.

Legend has it that Hemingway & Hawks were involved in a debate one day during one of their fishing trips in Florida. The out-shot of that argument was that Hawks proclaimed he could make a winner of a movie out of what he considered was Hemingway's worst novel, To Have & Have Not. Hawks duly delivered this hugely endearing, often funny and entertaining movie that is a lesson in on screen chemistry and finely tuned writing {Jules Furthman and William Faulkner}. The similarities to Casablanca are many, so in that, this is weak by comparison. In fact dig away the buzzing like atmosphere here and you find a pretty weak plot. But in its purest escapist form the film is a triumph. Savvy, sexy and not short on suspense, To Have And Have Not holds up to its classic status. 8/10
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bogart Bacall Magic, 17 April 2012
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Thanks to Amazon, I am able to see again now and in the future one of my favourite movies of all time.
The screen sparkles with the dialogue between Bogie and the new star Bacall 'You know how to whistle, don't you?
Just pucker up your lips and blow.' Then there's the great piano playing and singing of Hoagy Carmichael, and the wonderful Walter Brennan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, 14 Dec. 2006
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They dont make them like this any more, never mind that it's the first screen outing for Bogart & Bacall this is a great movie. The chemistry between the two leads is awesome. It's is the story of the little guy standing up to tyranny and winning through guile and determination and in the process getting the girl. Walter Brennan is excellent as the amiable drunk side kick to Bogarts wise cracking anti hero. It is a little like Casablanca but who cares when there are actors of this quality on screen. The ensemble case is excellent, the interplay between Bogart and Bacall is scintillating. Love this movie. It has heart and warmth in its soul.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What are you so sore about?, 8 Mar. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: To Have and Have Not [1944] (DVD)
Loosely based on Ernest Hemmingway's novel, To Have And Have Not features crisp dialogue, seamless direction from Howard Hawks and top tier acting. But be that as it may, the film is best remembered for the coupling of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who quickly took their on screen romance out into the real world. The rest as they say is history.

The story is set in the Caribbean city of Fort de France, Martinique, shortly after the fall of France to the Germans. Harry 'Steve' Morgan (Bogart) is a world wise fishing boat captain who is wanted to do a secretive people smuggle from a nearby island for the French Resistance. Initially very reluctant, Harry has to take on the job when a series of events leave him flat broke. Also into his life comes Marie 'Slim' Browning (Bacall), an American pickpocket who has come to the island more by default than design. So with his alcoholic pal in tow {Walter Brennan} and the Gestapo breathing down his neck, Harry has a whole heap of issues suddenly making his once neutral and tranquil life explosive.

Legend has it that Hemingway & Hawks were involved in a debate one day during one of their fishing trips in Florida. The out-shot of that argument was that Hawks proclaimed he could make a winner of a movie out of what he considered was Hemingway's worst novel, To Have & Have Not. Hawks duly delivered this hugely endearing, often funny and entertaining movie that is a lesson in on screen chemistry and finely tuned writing {Jules Furthman and William Faulkner}. The similarities to Casablanca are many, so in that, this is weak by comparison. In fact dig away the buzzing like atmosphere here and you find a pretty weak plot. But in its purest escapist form the film is a triumph. Savvy, sexy and not short on suspense, To Have And Have Not holds up to its classic status. 8/10
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bacall and Bogart together are always worth seeing, 30 Jun. 2002
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I'm not in a position to say how closely the film version of 'To Have and To Have Not' follows the Hemmingway source novel (not very much, from what I understand), but I can say that the film is an absolute gem. Bogart plays a skipper of a fishing boat. As in Casablanca, he is trapped in foreign territory belonging to Vichy France. He cares little about the political situation until his hand is forced and he throws in his lot with the Free French. He's the cynic who turns freedom fighter, and no one does this more convincingly than Bogart. Lauren Bacall is the girl whom he falls in love with and who is the unwitting reason for his conversion. Its incredible to think that this is Bacall's screen debut. She was only nineteen when she made this film, yet her performance sizzles. She oozes more sex appeal than Mae West, and yet has more class than Lana Turner. Bacall and Bogart fell in love while making this film, and it shows. The electricity they generate between the two of them could power Las Vegas for a month.
The dialogue, written by Jules Furthman and William Faulkner, is as sharp as a knife. Howard Hawkes' direction is as masterly as always. Add a good supporting cast, especially Walter Brennan as a 'rummy' and a guest appearance from the singer Hoagey Carmichael, and you have all the ingredients of a classic film, which this certainly is.
Dark Passage is hardly likely to go down as one of Bogart and Bacall's greatest celluloid efforts. Bogart is beginning to look his age. The age difference may not have been that noticeable in 'To Have and To Have Not' and 'Casablanca', but a couple of years down the line and Bogart is beginning to look like Bacall's father.
The film starts with Bogart escaping from prison. We see everything though his eyes - literally. The camera is Bogart. This carries on until half way through the film. There is a reason for this, but I won't spoil it for those who have not seen the film. Although this is quite an intriguing idea, I can't say that it works to any great effect. All it does is make you aware of the camera. Why they would want to keep their star off the screen for half the film is a mystery to me. You literally spend that half of the movie waiting for Bogart to appear. Dark Passage has a 1930s B Movie feel to it, and must have appeared dated when it was released in 1950s. Entertaining enough if you catch it on telly or can borrow a copy, but hardly classic Bogart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "To Have And Have Not (1944) ... Bogey & Bacall ... Howard Hawks (2006)", 18 Mar. 2011
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: To Have and Have Not [1944] (DVD)
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "TO HAVE AN HAVE NOT" (1944) (106 min/B&W) -- Starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall & Sheldon Leonard

Directed by Howard Hawks

"To Have and Have Not" is notable mainly for an electric first teaming of soon-to-be marrieds Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and this free adaptation of a Hemingway story gives the stars plenty of time to shine. Bacall in particular steals the show with her checkered suits and her husky voice 'You know how to whistle, don't you? Put your lips together and blow.'

The interplay between Bogey and Bacall is some of the most unforced, natural acting ever to grace the big screen. And what could be sexier than Bacall's flirting before they kissed? One not to be missed.

The film works because of the great cast. Bogart does "downbeat but ultimately heroic" better than many others and he does it well here - tough, smart and morally challenged. Bacall has less of a character to speak of but she makes up for that by sheer force of personality; The two fell in love during the film and it does show on screen, with a great chemistry and real sexual tension between them - a heavy amount of classic scenes and hot moments also helps.

And then there's Walter Brennan, who takes a second-string role and turns it into a delight at every turn. He's a lush who can't string two thoughts together, and yet he sees all, knows all, and tells too much to the wrong people. And that walk! The booze, the sea, and the years, all rolled into one gait that's both wavering and seaworthy.

The great composer musician Hoagy Carmichael puts in an appearance as Cricket, the entertaining pianist at the hotel lounge. Flawlessly there are three musical numbers. Still remember Mr. Carmichael's rendition of "Hong Kong blues" that one keeps ringing in your ears forever. Two other tunes were, "Am I blue?", and a sultry rendition of his hit by Lauren Bacall, "How little We Know". Her interpretation stays with you.

BIOS:
1. Howard Hawks [aka: Howard Winchester Hawks]
Date of Birth: 30 May 1896, Goshen, Indiana
Date of Death: 26 December 1977, Palm Springs, California

2. Humphrey Bogart
Date of Birth: 25 December 1899 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 14 January 1957 - Los Angeles, California

3. Walter Brennan [aka: Walter Andrew Brennan]
Date of Birth: 25 July 1894 - Swampscott, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 21 September 1974 - Oxnard, California

4. Lauren Bacall [aka: Betty Joan Perske]
Date of Birth: 16 September 1924 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: Still Living

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 106 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (07/25/2006)
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did you Ever Get Bitten by a Dead Bee?, 18 Sept. 2007
Everything is a classic these days even before anyone outside the studio has seen it, therefore the language has become debased and cheapened. These films on the other hand come from an era when film stars were actually something special and films valued the art of story telling. Sure there were strong commercial presures.

To Have and Have Not is a reworking ot the successful Casablanca theme. The ignition of the Bogart/Bacal chemistry helped that film ride above the obvious formula at work. This goes to show that great movies can be made under the mort crass attempts to cash in on a previous success.

Out of these films I guess that Dark Passage is the least well liked but I always loved the way that they avoided the complication of trying to convince us with two actors playing on character, before and after plastic surgery by only showing us the action from his point of view until the bandages came off and he was revealed as looking just like Humphrey Bogart!

How did he become a rugged sex symbol with a anme like Humphrey? I once asked a colleague this question, she was just short of retirement and very strong and serious woman. She immediately transformed into a blushing girl and said, "Yes but he really had it!". I gained an interseting insight into both my colleague and Bogart that day and they have never seemed that same since.

These are all 5 star films. I would have bought this for the recurring line in To Have & Have Not alone: "Did you ever get bitten by a dead bee?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Romantic Adventure, 18 Nov. 2003
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Peter Kenney (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) - See all my reviews
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TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT is an unabashed sequel made for the purpose of capitalizing on the previous success of CASABLANCA. The similarities abound from the opening zoom-in-view of a Caribbean map to the assortment of characters which includes a cynical American ex-patriot entrepreneur, an irresistable female, a piano player, a gang of obnoxious Nazis and several locals who are fighting the Nazis. Besides Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the cast includes Walter Brennan, Walter Sande, Marcel Dalio, Hoagey Carmichael, Paul Marion, Sir Lancelot and Dan Seymour.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 16 Aug. 2011
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Dipak Nandy "DN" (Nottingham, England) - See all my reviews
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For aging film buffs like me, names like Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck ... are all classics. At 75, I'm collecting this small library of DVDs to remind me of my youth before it is too late. Will today's HD colour, 3D image, oriented cinema goers like it. I doubt it. No matter: the loss is theirs. This one, based on Hemingway's classic novel of that title, is for my generation a must-have.
Dipak Nandy
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You know how to whistle, just put your lips together and blow.", 1 Jun. 2010
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This film starts on a black and white screen with a map and same type of narration that we find when we were watching Casablanca. The narration gives us a general background so that we know what context to the story we are watching.

The Germans just took over France in the price of gas is $.28 a gallon yet our story takes place in Martinique in the Southwest Indies. Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) and out of work fishing boat owner is finally faced with making a decision. Harry's sidekick Eddie (Walter Brennan) inadvertently goes along for the ride. Soon everyone gets involved including Marie 'Slim' Browning (Lauren Bacall) a young lady who is down on her luck and just passing through.

Besides some heavyweight actors, this film also has some major name writers and director producers behind it. Into this new music from Cricket (Hoagy Carmichael), is a major background character in the film.

Of course, the film came out years before Blu-Ray yet many of the remastered versions make it feel like it was just written yesterday. The copy watched had an added 10/10/46 radio play of "To Have and Have Not."

So sit back, enjoy the film, and ask yourself what you would have done if you had lived in that time and place.

Casablanca
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