Harry Morgan and his alcoholic sidekick, Eddie, are based on the island of Martinique and crew a boat available for hire. However, since the second world war is happening around them business is not what it could be and after a customer who owes them a large sum fails to pay they are forced against their better judgement to violate their preferred neutrality and to take a job for the resistance transporting a fugitive on the run from the Nazis to Martinique. Through all this runs the stormy relationship between Morgan and Marie “Slim” Browning, a resistance sympathizer and the sassy singer in the club where Morgan spends most of his days. —IMDb
Although John Ford—his friend, contemporary, and the director arguably closest to him in terms of his talent and output—told him that it was he, and not Ford, who should have won the 1941 Best Director Academy Award (for Sergeant York (1941)), the great Hawks never won an Oscar in competition and was nominated for Best Director only that one time, despite making some of the best films in the Hollywood canon. The Academy eventually made up for the oversight in 1974 by voting him an honorary Academy Award, in the midst of a two-decade-long critical revival that has gone on for yet another two decades. To many cineastes, Howard Hawks is one of the faces of American film and would be carved on any film pantheon’s Mt. Rushmore honoring America’s greatest directors, beside his friend Ford and Orson Welles (the other great director who Ford beat out for the 1941 Oscar). It took the French “Cahiers du Cinema” critics to teach America to appreciate one of its own masters, and it was… read more
Olhando os créditos, nada poderia dar errado: Hawks emendando sucesso atrás de sucesso; Roteiro de William Faulkner baseado livremente em livro de Ernest Hemingway; Humphrey Bogart, no auge, como protagonista. Nada disso, porém, salta aos olhos como o rosto de Lauren Bacall, estreando aos 19 anos, que rouba o filme com seu estilo sensual, ensinando uma plateia há quase 70 anos como assobiar direitinho | Mateus Nagime
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Howard Hawks goaded his friend Ernest Hemingway into helping buy the rights back from Howard Hughes for ‘To Have and Have Not’ by telling him ‘I bet I can make a good film from your worst book’!. Hawks… read review
Having seen Hawks’ “The Big Sleep” I had high expectations for this, the film that kicked off 17-year-old Lauren Bacall’s career. Her acting off Humphrey Bogart is nothing short of marvelous, especially… read review
(Originally written May 28, 2005)
The plot of To Have and Have Not is similar to that of Casablanca, but Howard Hawks’ film is not nearly as impressive as the world-renowned 1942 classic. Although… read review