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Million Dollar Movie

Posted By Alex Belth On September 20, 2010 @ 10:40 am In Actors,Actresses,Arts and Culture,Bronx Banter,Million Dollar Movie,Revival | Comments Disabled

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On a fishing trip in 1939, film director Howard Hawks told Ernest Hemingway [2]:

“Ernest, you’re a damn fool. You need money, you know. You can’t do all the things you’d like to do. If I make three dollars in a picture, you get one of them. I can make a picture out of your worst story.”

“What’s my worst story?”

“That god damned bunch of junk called To Have and To Have Not [sic.].”

“You can’t make anything out of that.”

“Yes I can. You’ve got the character of Harry Morgan; I think I can give you the wife. All you have to do is make a story about how they met.”

It’s not a great movie but it is good entertainment (and the screenplay was co-written by William Faulkner of all people). Walter Brennan and Hoagy Carmichael are winning in supporting roles and Lauren Bacall practically burns a hole in the screen. Man, what poise, what a kitten:


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