My Film Notes: To Have and Have Not (1944) directed by Howard Hawks


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To Have and Have Not (1944 film) poster.jpgTo Have and Have Not is a 1944 American film directed by Howard Hawks. Although nominally based on the homonymous novel by Ernest Hemingway, the story was extensively altered for the film. Jules Furthman and William Faulkner appear in the film credits as script-writers. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, and a very young Lauren Bacall in her first film.

It is said that one drunken night, Howard Hawks bet Hemingway that he could take what both considered his worst novel – To Have and Have Not – and turn it into a screen hit. To do it, Hawks borrowed quite a bit from Casablanca.

The story takes place in the summer of 1940 in Martinique, shortly after the fall of France and the installation of the Vichy regime. Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) captains a pleasure fishing boat. One day the French Resistance requests his help. They need to bring into the island two people smuggled. Morgan doesn’t want to get involved, but a couple of plot twists leave him broke when he most needs the money to help a mysterious young woman, Marie (‘Slim’) Browning (Lauren Bacall), who’s just arrive to the island.

Not a masterpiece, but a must for anyone who loves the glamour of old Hollywood and a legendary romance.

Notes taken from: To Have and Have Not with Bogart and Bacall by Laurie Boeder and Wikipedia.

Last Tuesday Lauren Bacall would have turned ninety.

 

 

Mis notas de cine: Tener y no tener (1944) dirigida por Howard Hawks

Tener y no tener es una película americana de 1944 dirigida por Howard Hawks. Aunque nominalmente basada en la novela homónima de Ernest a Hemingway, el argumento fue extensivamente modificado en la película. Jules Furthman y William Faulkner aparecen en los créditos como guionistas. Está protagonizada por Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, y una jovencísima Lauren Bacall en su primera película.

Se dice que una noche de borrachera, Howard Hawks apostó a Hemingway que podía tomar la que ambos consideraban que era su peor novela, Tener y no tener, y convertirla en un éxito de pantalla. Para hacerlo, Hawks tomó prestado no pocas ideas de Casablanca.

La historia se desarrolla en el verano de 1940 en Martinica, poco después de la caída de Francia y la instalación del régimen de Vichy. Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) capitanea un barco de pesca de recreo. Un día la resistencia francesa solicita su ayuda. Tienen que traer a la isla a dos personas de contrabando. Morgan no quiere involucrarse, pero un par de giros en la trama le dejan sin blanca cuando más necesita el dinero para ayudar a una misteriosa joven, Marie (‘Flaca’) Browning (Lauren Bacall), que acaba de llegar a la isla.

No es una obra maestra, pero es indispensable para todos aquellos a los que les guste el glamour del viejo Hollywood y un romance legendario.

Notas tomadas de: Tener y no tener con Bogart y Bacall por Laurie Boeder y Wikipedia.

El mastes pasado Lauren Bacall hubiera cumplido noventa años.

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3 thoughts on “My Film Notes: To Have and Have Not (1944) directed by Howard Hawks

  1. Thanks Jose Ignacio, really enjoyed reading your post as this is sone of those texts that I know fairly well but need to go back to as it’s been too long since I read the book and saw the film – I plan on posting a review soon of THE BREAKING POINT, the 1949 adaptation of the novel remade by Warners and starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal which is an unjustly neglected classic and which is also much more faithful to Hemingway. Ever seen that one? Well worth a look my friend

    1. You are welcome Sergio. Thank you for the information, I was not aware The Breaking Point was based also on Hemingway’s novel. I haven’t seen it, but I’ll have a look at it. I look forward to your review..

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