TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
1944, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

Lauren Bacall’s screen debut opposite Humphrey Bogart is one of the wittiest romances ever made, as well as a rousing Hawks adventure film. Bogie is a cynical fisherman in a French colonial port who tries to keep his nose out of WWII until Bacall wins his heart and awakens his idealism. Co-starring Walter Brennan as Bogie’s rum-soaked sidekick.


DEADLINE U.S.A.
1952, 20th Century Fox, 87 min, USA, Dir: Richard Brooks

Humphrey Bogart is at the top of his form as Ed Hutcheson, a crusading newspaper editor out to expose a gangster while juggling commercial needs with the public interest. A razor-sharp script by veteran Richard Brooks and solid supporting work from Kim Hunter and Ed Begley make this a must-see.


THE BIG SLEEP
1946, Warner Bros., 114 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

The second of the Bacall-Bogart-Hawks collaborations turns Raymond Chandler’s acidic novel into a surprisingly exuberant piece of escapist entertainment. Packed with quotable lines (courtesy not only of Chandler but screenwriters William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman) and colorful supporting players (including Dorothy Malone and Elisha Cook Jr.), it’s both an elaborately plotted detective story and a breezy (and hilarious) romantic comedy. Bogart is sardonic private eye Philip Marlowe and Bacall is the fast, funny and very sexy daughter of his wealthy and mysterious client.


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