To Have and Have Not, 1944

Other than the title and a couple of scenes at the beginning, this has little in common with Hemingway’s novel. To Have and Have Not is Bogart vs. Vichy, this time in the Caribbean instead of North Africa. It isn’t Casablanca, but even with that obvious comparison it stands on its own. Though the plot is less engaging, the acting is good throughout, and the characters are more life-like than those in Casablanca. Hoagy Carmichael plays the piano. William Faulkner is credited as a screen-writer, but fortunately his work is unnoticeable.

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