ONE MOVIE, THREE QUOTES: To Have and Have Not (1944)

As I mentioned in my previous post (ask me questions!!), my birthday is coming up. I will be thirty years old next Friday, September 16th. That is also Lauren Bacall’s birthday, something I’m very proud of. And because I’ll be answering your questions on my birthday and because I haven’t had any memorable lines of my own in any movie, September’s ONE MOVIE, THREE QUOTES goes to Lauren Bacall. More precisely To Have and Have Not (1944, dir. Howard Hawks), which I would argue is Lauren’s film. Seriously, to own a movie that hard at just 19 years old is unbelievable. Here’s the deal: American fisherman Harry ‘Steve’ Morgan (Humphrey Bogart) helps the French Resistance by transporting people to the island of Martinique, while romancing lounge singer Marie ‘Slim’ Browning (Lauren Bacall). Here are three of my favorite quips, all Lauren’s:

  1. What are you trying to do, guess her weight?’ Slim to Steve – Steve caries an unconscious woman to a bed, and Slim is, of course, jealous. And we like that.
  2. I’m not hard to get, Steve. All you have to do is ask.’ Slim to Steve – I mean, isn’t that one of the coolest lines?
  3. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.’ Slim to Steve – This probably makes this the most predictable ONE MOVIE, THREE QUOTES ever, but hey, it’s a killer line, I don’t care!

Stay tuned for my Ask Me Anything answers on the 16th!

8 thoughts on “ONE MOVIE, THREE QUOTES: To Have and Have Not (1944)

  1. mikefilmbuff

    How great that you share a birthday with this great woman. I also share something with her- we were both born in The Bronx. As with Katharine Hepburn I also saw Lauren Bacall in person at a Broadway theatre. She was in the audience when I saw Neil Simon’s” California Suite”. One of the ushers said she was very nice. Ms. Bacall had told her one of her early jobs was as an usher.yes, definitely Bacall’s film. I never get tired of hearing that last quote. Enjoy your birthday 🎊🎊🎂🎂🎂

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