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To Have and Have Not (1944)

aka To Have and Have Not

"Humphrey Bogart...with his kind of woman in a powerful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's most daring man-woman story!"

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Details: 100 mins · English, French


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Small Harry 'Steve' Morgan
Small Eddie
Small Marie "Slim" Browning
Small Mme. Hellene de Bursac
Small Cricket
Small Lt. Coyo
No_movie_poster Paul de Bursac (as Walter Molnar)
Small Gerard (Frenchy)
Small Johnson, fishing customer
No_movie_poster Capt. M. Renard
No_movie_poster Renard's bodyguard


No_movie_poster Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Jules Furthman Screenplay
Small Howard Hawks Director
No_movie_poster William Faulkner Screenplay
No_movie_poster Sidney Hickox Director of Photography
Small Ernest Hemingway Novel
Small Howard Hawks Production
Small Jack Warner Production
No_movie_poster Whitman Chambers Writer
Small Ernest Hemingway Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Christian Nyby Editing


"Humphrey Bogart...with his kind of woman in a powerful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's most daring man-woman story!"


The film is set in Fort de France, Martinique, under the Vichy regime in the summer of 1940, shortly after the fall of France. In this exotic location, world-weary fishing-boat captain Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) is urged to help the French Resistance smuggle some people onto the island. He refuses, until the client, Johnson (Walter Sande), who has been hiring out his fishing boat (and owes him $825), is shot before paying him. The French police take him and several others for questioning and they take his passport and money including what his client Johnson had.

Gerard, the hotel owner commonly known as Frenchy (Marcel Dalio), asks Harry to rent him his boat for one night to transport some members of the resistance. Broke, Harry ends up smuggling Helene (Dolores Moran) and Paul de Bursac (Walter Surovy). Meanwhile, a romance develops between Harry and Marie ("Slim") Browning (Lauren Bacall), an American wanderer who has come to the island, and she feels Harry changed his mind on smuggling the resistance to help her.

After picking up his passengers, Harry is spotted by a patrol boat, and Paul is wounded before they escape. Harry is surprised to find that Marie has stayed in Martinique to be with him. At Frenchy's request, Harry removes the bullet from Bursac's shoulder and learns that the Bursacs have been assigned to help a man escape from Devil's Island. Bursac asks for Harry's assistance, but Harry turns him down.

The police recognized Harry's boat the previous night, and they reveal that they have Harry's alcoholic buddy, Eddie (Walter Brennan), in custody and will coerce him to tell the truth about the boat's cargo. Harry with Slim's help turns the table on the police and at gunpoint, Harry forces Police Captain Renard (Dan Seymour) to arrange for Eddie's release and sign harbor passes, so that he can take the Bursacs to Devil's Island. Slim says goodbye to her piano-playing friend Cricket (Hoagy Carmichael). As soon as Eddie returns, he, Harry, and Marie leave Martinique.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1945-01-20 : United States of America

DVD : 2003-11-04

DVD : 2006-07-25