To Have and Have Not

Synopsis: Harry Morgan and his alcoholic sidekick, Eddie, are based on the island of Martinique and crew a boat available for hire. However, since the second world war is happening around them business is not what it could be and after a customer who owes them a large sum fails to pay they are forced against their better judgment 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 all this runs the stormy relationship between Morgan and Marie "Slim" Browning, a resistance sympathizer and the sassy singer in the club where Morgan spends most of his days.
Director(s): Howard Hawks
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Good morning, Capt. Morgan.

What can I do for you today?

Same thing as yesterday.

You and your client wish to make

a temporary exit from the port?

That is right.

- Name?

- Harry Morgan.

- Nationality?

- Eskimo.

- What?

- American.

- Name of ship?

- Queen Conch, Key West, Florida.

We're going fishing, like we've done

every day for over two weeks.

We'll be back tonight, and I don't think

we'll go more than 30 miles offshore.

Five francs, please.

One more thing.

You will go nowhere near the vicinity

of territorial waters...

Sainte-Lucie, or Dominique.

- Is that a new order?

- Yes.

The decree was issued last night

by his Excellency, Admiral Robert...

Governor General

of the French West Indies.

Good for him.

- Why, any complaints?

- No.

Hello, Harry. How's everything?

That feels good.

- Did you bring me a drink?

- Horatio's bringing it.

You're my pal, Harry.

We sure got them this morning.

- We got them every morning.

- Not last Thursday.

That's right, I forgot. You're right, Eddie.

Here's Horatio. Give him a hand, will you?

- Good morning, mon Capitaine.

- Good morning.

- Did you get the bait?

- Yes, sir. Plenty of it.

- That guard took a bottle of our beer.

- Mr. Johnson can afford it.

- Harry, can I have...

- Just one.

- Morning.

- Good morning, Mr. Johnson.

- Are we going out?

- That's up to you.

What sort of a day will it be?

I don't know.

Just about like yesterday. Only better.

- Let's go out, then.

- Okay. Hop aboard.

- Stand by to cast off.

- All right, mon Capitaine.

- Mr. Johnson.

- Yeah?

- I got to get some gas.

- All right.

I'll need money for that.

How much?

That'll be $11.20.

There's $15.

- I'll get you some change at the gas dock.

- Put it against what I owe you.

Let her go.

Watch it, Johnson.

There's your strike.

Put on a little more drag. Not too much.

You'll have to sock him.

He's gonna jump, anyway.

Hit him again. Hit him three or four times.

Stick it into him.

Better get the other teaser in.

I got him!

Ease up on that drag.

He's gone.

He's not. Ease up on that drag. Quick.

If he wants to go, let him go.

- He's gone.

- No, he's hooked good.

- He sure is.

- Reel him in.

No. I'm sure he's gone.

I'll tell you when he's gone. Reel in fast.

- He's gone now.

- Yes, sir, he's gone now.

- He isn't. Turn around and chase him.

- Reel in that line.

- I can still feel him pull.

- That's the weight of the line.

- You're crazy. I can hardly reel it in.

- Maybe he's dead.

Maybe. But he's still jumping out there.

- Come on. Hurry up.

- I'm hurrying, Mr. Johnson.

- Can't you put bait on like that, Captain?

- Sure I can.

- Why carry this fellow to do it?

- When the big fish run, you'll see.

What's the idea?

He can do it faster than I can.

A dollar a day

seems like an unnecessary expense to me.

He's necessary. Aren't you, Horatio?

I hope so.

Can't Eddie do it?

No, he can't.

What's the matter?

He just lost a fish.

Mr. Johnson, you're unlucky.

Would it be all right if I...

- In the icebox. Just take one.

- Thanks.

I don't see why

you want that rummy around.

Eddie was a good man on a boat

before he got to be a rummy.

He's no good now.

Start her going ahead.

- Is he related to you or something?

- No.

- What do you look after him for?

- He thinks he's looking after me.

All right, let her run.

- Mr. Johnson.

- Yeah?

Do you mind if I ask you a question?

Look, it might interest you to know

I not only bought the beer...

- but I put a deposit on the bottles.

- Was you ever bit by a dead bee?

- A dead what?

- A dead honeybee.

I was never bit by any kind of a bee.

- You sure?

- Of course I'm sure.

In that case, I'll just finish my nap.

Thanks for the beer.

Watch that line.

That's enough for one day.

- What happened?

- Nothing. You just lost a rod and reel.

You had the drag screwed tight.

When the fish struck, you couldn't hold it.

If you had the harness

buckled down to the reel...

that fish would have taken you

along with him.

You're just unlucky, Mr. Johnson.

Now, maybe you're lucky with women.

- What do you say if we go out tonight?

- I'll lucky you, you dirty rummy.

- Are you a good swimmer?

- I've taken all I'm gonna take.

Me, too. Be careful

you don't slip out of my hands.

Take it easy.

This guy owes you for 16 days.


You talk too much, Eddie.

I know it, Harry.

Okay, forget it.

What about tomorrow?

I don't think so.

I'm fed up with this kind of fishing.

I can see how you would be.

Slack that off a little.

You fish for 16 days,

hook a couple of fish any good fisherman...

would give his life to tie into,

and lose both.

- You're just unlucky. I never seen no one...

- Shut up, Eddie.

You said 16 days. I only owe you for 15.

No. With today it's 16.

Then there's the rod and reel.

- The tackle's your risk.

- Not when you lose it like you did.

I paid to rent it every day. It's your risk.

If you ran a hired car over a cliff,

you'd have to pay for it.

- Not if he was in it. That's a good one.

- That's good, Eddie.

You lost the outfit through carelessness.

It cost me $275.

I won't charge you for the line, 'cause

a fish so big could've taken it all anyway.

And there's 16 days at $35 a day,

that's $560.

No, it's $560, Eddie.

You got a little credit,

so that'll be $825 altogether.

That's what you owe me,

and that's what I want.

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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg theory—had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short-story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three of his novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school, he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian Front to enlist as an ambulance driver in World War I. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms (1929). In 1921, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of what would be four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s "Lost Generation" expatriate community. His debut novel, The Sun Also Rises, was published in 1926. After his 1927 divorce from Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer; they divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War, where he had been a journalist. He based For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) on his experience there. Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940; they separated after he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II. He was present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris. Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway maintained permanent residences in Key West, Florida (in the 1930s) and Cuba (in the 1940s and 1950s). In 1959, he bought a house in Ketchum, Idaho, where, in mid-1961 he shot himself in the head. more…

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