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directed by Howard Hawks
USA 1944


Help the Free French? Not world-weary gunrunner Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). But he changes his mind when a sultry siren-in-distress named Marie asks, "Anybody got a match?" That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old first-time film actress Lauren Bacall. Full of intrigue and racy banter (including Bacall's legendary whistling instructions), this thriller excites further interest for what it has and has not. Cannily directed by Howard Hawks and smartly written by William Faulkner and Jules Furthman, it doesn't have much similarity to the Ernest Hemingway novel that inspired it. And it strongly resembles Casablanca: French resistance fighters, a piano-playing bluesman (Hoagy Carmichael) and a Martinique bar much like Rick's Cafe Americaine. But first and foremost, it showcases Bogart and Bacall, carrying on with a passion that smolders from the tips of their cigarettes clear through to their souls.


Theatrical Release: 11 October 1944 (New York City, New York)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,4 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 1,4 - NTSC

Runtime 1:39:57

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• 'A Love Story: The Story of To Have and Have Not' featurette (11:16)
• 'Bacall to Arms' Cartoon (6:12)
• 10/14/1946 Lux Radio Broadcast (Audio)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:49)

DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
Snap case or Keep case

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With a scheduled release of Warner's Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection, we decided to revisit some of the titles now being released as part of that mega-set that we haven't yet covered at DVDBeaver. One of the titles is Howard Hawks classic To Have and Have Not. The film was released on DVD back in November of 2003 in a snapper case. In 2006, Warner repackaged the disc is a keep case, but the disc's contents remain the same. Despite the film's importance being the first collaboration between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (it was also her movie debut), the Howard Hawks wartime thriller didn't go the same extensive restoration as Bogie's other highlights like Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (In fact, To Have and Have Not received more votes in 2002's Sight and Sound list than The Maltese Falcon.) 

The progressive transfer is still very good, with very minimal damage visible on the print. The English mono soundtrack is decent and there are English, Spanish and French optional subtitles available. Extras consist of a brief featurette about the making of the film, a Merrie Melodies cartoon Bacall to Arms that references the movie, a Lux Radio Broadcast from 1946 that features Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and a theatrical trailer. Overall, it's a very good disc from Warner Home Video and comes highly recommended, either in snapper case, a keep case, or as part of the mega set which is carrying the same transfer and all the extras.

  - Gregory Meshman


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