in about 100 words or less
US 100m, B&W
Director: Howard Hawks; Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Walter Sande
Sharing the title and only loosely based on Ernest Hemingway’s 1937 novel of the same name, To Have and Have Not is a romantic wartime film not dissimilar to Casablanca (1942), not to mention that it stars Humphrey Bogart in the lead role. The simplified story is largely character driven and involves Bogart as a hard-boiled fishing boat captain who reluctantly agrees to help the French Resistance during Vichy rule in Fort-de-France, Martinique, but only after a client fails to pay him a large sum of cash he is owed. At the age of nineteen, playing in her first feature film, the sultry, sophisticated and surprisingly young Lauren Bacall has unmistakable screen chemistry with Bogart – a likely reflection of their real life attraction toward one another (Klaus Ming June 2011).