To Have and Have Not (1944)

The movie that united Humprey Bogart and Lauren Bacall – one of Hollywood’s greatest true-life love stories

LAUREN BACALL DEBUTS

This movie has a brisk plot and a suspenseful ending. In my opinion it is the best of the four movies that Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart made together, but the movie is most remembered for the sexy sultry entrance of Lauren Bacall. Lauren Bacall was a 18-year-old model in New York and as this was her first movie she had the shakes and the advice Humphrey Bogart was to keep your chin down. this “chin down” sultry stare became her trademark.

Her first intimate scene with Humphrey Bogart is one for the record books. The movie’s line “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow”  is one of the truly great scenes in all of classic movies and the whole sequence is Lauren Bacall tempting and Humphrey Bogart trying to refuse.

The chemistry on-screen developed into an off-screen romance much to the displeasure of Director Howard Hawks who warned Lauren that a relationship with Humphrey could ruin her career. She didn’t care. They married in 1945 and she remained with him until his death in 1957. He was much older, but she didn’t care.

RELUCTANT HERO

The movie follows the same kind of plot of Casablanca (1942). Harry Morgan played by Humphrey Bogart is the reluctant hero. Harry is a boat operator for hire. He runs out of money and agrees to help with the French Resistance because he needs the money. His drunken counterpart Eddie, played masterfully by the incomparable Walter Brennen is kidnapped, and Harry becomes a forced participant in the cause of freedom.

SUMMARY

I rate this movie 9 stars our of 10. It is the most enjoyable film of the Lauren Bacall / Humphrey Bogart collaborations and the on-screen chemistry of Bogart / Bacall combined with a great script written by Ernest Hemmingway, Jules Furthman, and William Faulkner–some of literary’s greatest makes this movie a can’t miss.

Todd Morgan
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