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Humphrey Bogart plays Harry Morgan, owner-operator of charter boat in wartime Martinique. Morgan's right-hand man is Eddie (Walter Brennan), a garrulous alky whose pet question to anyone and everyone is "Ever get stung by a dead bee?" While in port, Harry is approached by Free French activist Gerard (Marcel Dalio), who wants to charter Harry's boat to smuggle in an important underground leader. Adopting his usual I-stick-my-neck-out-for-no-one stance, Morgan refuses. Later on, he starts up a dalliance with Marie Browning (screen newcomer Lauren Bacall), an attractive… More

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"The movie is entertaining in its own right, and representative of the era in which it was produced, but, aside from the legendary interaction between Bogart and Lauren Bacall, there are only moderate reasons to recommend the film."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
""You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow," said Lauren Bacall to Bogey in this entertaining follow-up to Casablanca, thus launching the onscreen (and offscreen) romance that made them a popular team in the 1940s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[Bogey & Bacall's] onscreen chemistry is palpable, all but overshadowing the fictional back story that made Rick and Ilsa's dance in Casablanca so memorable."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
" intriguing, romantic, sometimes exciting, predictable but entertaining motion picture."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"colorful, believable, varied characters, a story that moves right along..., and dialogue that snaps right off the screen."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"The scenes between Bogart and Bacall are so dazzlingly about attraction and sex that they encapsulate the whole magic of movies."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"It owes more to Casablanca than it does to Hemingway."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A química entre Bogart e Bacall (numa estréia impressionante) é motivo suficiente para que este filme se mantenha vivo na memória dos amantes do Cinema."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The film was Bacall's first movie and the project on which she and Bogart met. Their love scenes couldn't be any spicier."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"You know how to whistle, don't you?"
‑ Christopher Null,
"As the hard-boiled professional fisherman who gives his ample ingenuity to a cause, Mr. Bogart is almost as impressive as he was as Rick, the Casablanca host."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Has a slick of bestial sweat to it that promises that the explosion of really naughty stuff is looming."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The movie is basically a rip-off of "Casablanca," but it's got some marvelous dialogue and great intrigue."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Good Hawks opus."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Director Howard Hawks made a bet with Ernest Hemingway that he could make a good movie out of his worst novel. I don't know who won or how much the bet was for, but my money is on Hawks."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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