The Movies Go To War
November 6 TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944) 1 hr and 40 min.
Harry Morgan [Humphrey Bogart] and his alcoholic sidekick, Eddie [Walter Brennan], are based on the island of Martinique and crew a boat for hire. World War II is happening, and business is bad. After a customer who owes them a large sum fails to pay, they are forced 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 this runs a stormy relationship between Morgan and Marie “Slim” Browning [Lauren Bacall], a resistance sympathizer and the sassy singer in the club where Morgan spends most of his days. Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name.
Director Howard Hawks bet Hemingway that he could make a good film even out of Hemingway's worst novel; this is it. Bogart and Bacall fell in love during production. The most famous scene, the "you know how to whistle" sequence, was written by Howard Hawks as a screen test. At the funeral for her husband, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall put a whistle in his coffin, a reference to the famous line in the film she says to him: "You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow.”