To Have and Have Not | Chicago Reader

To Have and Have Not

Howard Hawks's 1944 answer to Casablanca (which he was originally set to direct but lost to Michael Curtiz) is a far superior film and every bit as entertaining. Humphrey Bogart, the captain of a charter boat in a Nazi-held French colonial port, gradually grows into the Hawksian ethos of action and responsibility as he reluctantly enters World War II in order to protect a rummy (Walter Brennan) and win a woman (Lauren Bacall). In many ways the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant.



  • Howard Hawks


  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Walter Brennan
  • Hoagy Carmichael
  • Dan Seymour
  • Marcel Dalio
  • Dolores Moran
  • Sheldon Leonard


  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Jules Furthman
  • William Faulkner
  • Leigh Brackett


  • Jack L. Warner
  • Howard Hawks

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