Posted by: absntmindedariel | September 13, 2010

To Have and Have Not (1944)

If you like- The Bourne Identity, Patriot Games, The Pelican Brief

Synopsis- Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) is an American caught in the politically uncertain territory of Martinique during WWII. The film catalogs his transition from staunch neutralist to unwilling Vichy accomplice to freedom fighter (although it focuses more on his steamy scenes with cohort “Slim,” played by newcomer Lauren Bacall.) In the end, Harry must thwart local Nazi sympathizers and save a fugitive on the run.

*fun fact: Harry calls Bacall “Slim” throughout the movie– the name of director Howard Hawks’ wife who discovered Bacall on a Harper’s Bazaar cover.

Why it’s better– Hawks only made this movie because he bet Earnest Hemingway that he could make a successful film out of the worst thing Hemingway had ever written: “That piece of junk, ‘To Have and Have Not.’ ”  Most of the credit goes, not to Hawks’, however, but the off-the-charts chemistry between Bogart and Bacall.  This was the first of their four films together, and the couple married a year after THHN was released.

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