TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944) on Blu-ray Howard Hawks’ masterpiece, loosely adapted from the Hemingway novel with an assist from fellow Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, still scorches the screen thanks to the sparks palpably sizzling off its two leads, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in their first pairing. Freshly-minted screen siren Bacall – still in her teens – matches Bogie’s bravado scene for scene lending an air of bemusement to Hawks’ sinewy cinema masterstroke. Harry ‘Steve’ Morgan (Bogart) runs a boat in Martinique, now under Vichy control. When Harry encounters chanteuse Marie ‘Slim’ Browning (Bacall), he starts a spiral that leads him from pickpocketing to smuggling and finally, heroism. To Have and Have Not’s new 2016 master is nothing short of a passport straight to the movie houses of 1943 – and maybe more so. With Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael and Dolores Moran.
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