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To Have and Have Not Details


Humphrey Bogart plays Harry Morgan, owner-operator of charter boat in wartime Martinique. Morgan's right-hand man is Eddie (Walter Brennan), a garrulous alky whose pet question to anyone and everyone is "Ever get stung by a dead bee?" While in port, Harry is approached by Free French activist Gerard (Marcel Dalio), who wants to charter Harry's boat to smuggle in an important underground leader. Adopting his usual I-stick-my-neck-out-for-no-one stance, Morgan refuses. Later on, he starts up a dalliance with Marie Browning (screen newcomer Lauren Bacall), an attractive pickpocket. In order to help Marie return to America, Harry agrees to Gerard's smuggling terms. He uses his boat to bring resistance fighter De Bursac (Walter Molnar) and De Bursac's wife Helene (Dolores Moran) into Martinique. The Vichy police, suspecting that something's amiss, hold Morgan's pal Eddie hostage, tormenting the poor rummy by denying him liquor. Predictably, Morgan comes to Eddie's rescue and manages to escape Martinique, with the delectable Marie as cozy company. In the hands of director Howard Hawks and screenwriters Jules Furthman and William Faulkner, the end result bore only a passing relation to the original story by Ernest Hemingway: instead, it was a virtual rehash (but a good one!) of the recently released Ernest Hemingway, replete with several of that film's cast members. The film's enduring popularity is primarily -- if not solely -- due to the sexy chemistry between Bogart and Bacall, especially in the legendary "You know how to whistle, don't you?" scene. The most salutary result of To Have & Have Not was the subsequent Bogart-Bacall marriage, which endured until his death in 1957. It's widely believed that Lauren Bacall's singing voice was dubbed in by a pre-puberty Andy Williams; this is not true. For the record, a more faithful-to-the-source cinemadaptation of the Hemingway original was filmed in 1950 as Hemingway. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 11, 1944


Awarded by
National Board of Review Humphrey Bogart Best Acting 1944 Winner


Humphrey Bogart
as Harry Morgan
Walter Brennan
as Eddie
Lauren Bacall
as Marie Browning (Slim)
Dolores Moran
as Helene De Bursac
Hoagy Carmichael
as Cricket
Dan Seymour
as Capt. M. Renard
Marcel Dalio
as Gerard (Frenchy)
Walter Molnar
as Paul de Bursac
Sheldon Leonard
as Lieutenant Coyo
Walter Sande
as Johnson
Aldo Nadi
as Bodyguard
Paul Marion
as Beauclerc
Patricia Shay
as Mrs. Beauclerc
Pat West
as Bartender
Louis Mercier
as Gaulist
Pedro Regas
as Civilian
George Sorel
as French Officer
Elzie Emanuel
as Child
Maurice Marsac
as Gaulist
Harold Garrison
as Black Urchin
Crane Whitley
as DeGaullists
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
as Cashier
Eugene Borden
as Quartermaster
Jack Chefe
as Guide


Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
Jules Furthman
William Faulkner
Sidney Hickox
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo F. Forbstein
Composer (Music Score)
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Christian Nyby
Charles Novi
Art Director
Casey Roberts
Set Designer
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
Roy Davidson
Special Effects
Rex Wimpy
Special Effects
Jack Sullivan
First Assistant Director
Perc Westmore