The Essentials on TCM this Saturday, July 21, is a must-see.
“To Have and Have Not“ is quintessentially classic.
There is nothing quite like watching Humphrey Bogart fall in love with his wife, Lauren Bacall. She is absolutely disarming, holding nothing back from seducing Bogart on-screen. They literally fall in love on-screen. This is legendary Hollywood at it’s best.
Betty Joan Perske had been a model and was invited to do a screen test for this film in 1944. Betty would soon become Lauren Bacall.
“I just saw your screen test,” Bogart said to Bacall. “I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together.”
And so it began.
This film is more than just a movie.
This is Sexy Cool 101.
Keep it on your DVR, add a little rum cocktail and you are set for a vintage sublime date night.
In a small glass
1/4 simple syrup
3/4 aged rum
small piece of lime squeezed
To my daughters (who have heard it all before), friends of my daughters and young women everywhere, at any mall, please take note:
Watch Bacall and learn the art of the saunter. You can’t do that in flip-flops, ladies.
You can be crazy loud to get attention or you can be smoldering. Guess what wins every time?
Bacall was 19 years old when she filmed this. NINETEEN. Young women today know so much more at 19. How did we get so far from this?
Call me old-fashioned? Thank you. I’ll take it.
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944)
A skipper-for-hire’s romance with a beautiful drifter is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance.
Dir: Howard Hawks Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall
BW-100 mins, TV-G, CC
“…Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.” -Slim