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Second only to The Big Sleep as the best of the love birds' quartet of films together (the others were Dark Passage and Key Largo), it's yet another gem from Howard Hawks, still the most underrated of all great American directors.
"You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow," said Lauren Bacall to Bogey in this entertaining follow-up to Casablanca, thus launching the onscreen (and offscreen) romance that made them a popular team in the 1940s.
Bogie and Bacall fell in love while making the film, and their scenes reflect this, giving To Have and Have Not a degree of emotional presence that is unusual in the 'bite on the bullet' world of Hawks.
The movie is entertaining in its own right, and representative of the era in which it was produced, but, aside from the legendary interaction between Bogart and Lauren Bacall, there are only moderate reasons to recommend the film.