'To Have and Have Not' Premieres In New York

Although Howard Hawks had a high regard for Hemingway's works in general, he considered To Have and Have Not his worst book, a "bunch of junk," and told Hemingway so; Hawks and Hemingway worked on the story together.

The film preserves the book's title, and the names and characteristics of some of the characters, but nothing from beyond the first fifth of the volume. The setting was moved from Cuba to Martinique in order to placate the Roosevelt administration's "good neighbor" policy that did not want to show Cuba in an unfavorable light. The screenplay was further developed by Jules Furthman, and, at the end, William Faulkner (an intense rival of Hemingway). In addition, Slim's part was greatly extended to take advantage of the Bogart-Bacall chemistry.

Directed by Howard Hawks

Writing credits
Jules Furthman (screenplay) and
William Faulkner (screenplay)

Ernest Hemingway (novel) uncredited

Cleve F. Adams uncredited
Whitman Chambers uncredited

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete

Humphrey Bogart - Harry 'Steve' Morgan
Walter Brennan - Eddie
Lauren Bacall - Marie 'Slim' Browning
Dolores Moran - Mme. Hellene de Bursac
Hoagy Carmichael - Cricket
Sheldon Leonard - Lt. Coyo
Walter Szurovy - Paul de Bursac (as Walter Molnar)
Marcel Dalio - Gerard (Frenchy)
Walter Sande - Johnson, fishing customer
Dan Seymour - Capt. M. Renard
Aldo Nadi - Renard's bodyguard