For no reason given in the movie, the Bogart and Bacall characters call each other by the nicknames "Steve" and "Slim." This is appears from the earliest scripts by Jules Furthman, and would seem to be arbitrary until one discovers that these were the pet names also used in real life by Howard Hawks and his wife
The most famous scene in To Have and Have Not
is undoubtedly the "you know how to whistle" dialogue sequence. It was not written by Ernest Hemingway, Furthman or William Faulkner, but by Howard Hawks. Hawks wrote the scene as a screen test for Bacall, with no real intention that it would necessarily end up in the film. The test was shot with Warner Bros. contract player John Ridgely acting opposite Bacall. The Warners staff, of course, agreed to star Bacall in the film based on the test, and Hawks thought the scene was so strong he asked Faulkner to work it into one of his later drafts of the shooting script.
Lauren Bacall was not the only actor making their film debut in a featured role in To Have and Have Not
. Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael was a friend of Hawks, having been a regular at parties hosted by Hawks and his wife Nancy. He basically plays himself in the film in a breezy, appealing performance. He plays
most of his scenes with a matchstick in his teeth. Seeing this on the set at the start of shooting, Bogart gave kudos to Carmichael, telling him that the matchstick was a nice touch and would make him stand out in the film. Carmichael was surprised afterward to see a scene being filmed with Bogart and Walter Brennan, both of them chewing matchsticks throughout the shot! They finally revealed that they were having a bit of fun at Hoagy's expense. Carmichael went on to appear in over a dozen films, most notably The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) and Young Man with a Horn
(1950), co-starring again with Lauren Bacall.
Gerard in the film is played by Marcel Dalio, the great star of French cinema in the 1930s. He is most famous for his roles in the Jean Renoir classics The Grand Illusion
(1937) and The Rules of the Game
(1939). The year previous he appeared as the croupier in Casablanca
A persistent rumor during the 1960s and 70s revival showings of To Have and Have Not
was that Bacall's singing voice in the film was dubbed by a young Andy Williams, who in the 1940s was touring the country as part of the Williams Brothers singing group. The theory was that Bacall's voice was so deep, a male tenor like Williams would have had the best chance of capturing the appropriate sound. Hawks cleared up the discussion in an interview before his death, saying that Williams had recorded the song ("How Little We Know" by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer) with Hawks' intention to dub it over Bacall's singing, but that the director found Bacall's voice perfectly satisfactory.
Famous Quotes from TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
Slim (Lauren Bacall): I'm hard to get, Steve. All you have to do is ask me.
(Slim kisses Steve)
Steve (Humphrey Bogart): What did you do that for?
Slim: I've been wondering if I'd like it.
Steve: What's the decision?
Slim: I don't know yet.
(She kisses him again)
Slim: It's even better when you help.
Renard (Dan Seymour): What are your sympathies?
Harry: Minding my own business.
Eddie (Walter Brennan): Was you ever bit by a dead bee?
Slim: Who was the girl, Steve?
Harry: Who was what girl?
Slim: The one who left you with such a high opinion of women.
Slim: You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow.
Slim: You know Steve, you're not very hard to figure, only at times. Sometimes I know exactly what you're going to say. Most of the time. The other times... the other times, you're just a stinker.
Eddie: Drinking don't bother my memory. If it did I wouldn't drink. I couldn't. You see, I'd forget how good it was, then where'd I be? Start drinkin' water, again.
(Steve is carrying the fainted Dolores Moran)
Slim: What are you trying to do, guess her weight?
Steve: She's heftier than you think.
Steve: Better loosen her clothes.
Slim: You've been doing all right.
Compiled by John Miller