Jan 14, 2010

To Have And Have Not - Movie Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, January 14, 2010
To Have And Have Not
Released 1945
Staring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

Premise: Harry "Steve" 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

My Thoughts: The relationship that develops between Slim and Harry is amazing, their chemistry on screen is what makes this movie worth while. You can definitely see why Humphrey Bogart fell in love with Lauren Bacall and ended up marrying her in real life, there is just something about her. The way she carries herself, her voice, all well beyond her 19 years that she was at the time the movie was made. While this movie is not anywhere close to a masterpiece like Casablanca, is a definite must for anyone who is a fan of old Hollywood glam.

I give the overall movie 3 out of 5, but I give Lauren & Bogie's on screen chemistry and performances 5 out of 5.

Memorable Line:
Slim: "You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow"

2 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com on January 14, 2010 at 6:51 AM said...

Fab review! Can you believe I'm one of the few people on the planet that didn't love Casablanca?

rebrebs on January 14, 2010 at 7:43 AM said...

hehe, I guess it's not for everyone. What's your favorite from that era?

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