Bogie and Bacall made 4 films together, this being the first. While ‘The Big Sleep’ holds as a classic, ‘Dark Passage’ the most film noir and ‘Key Largo’ the most romantic and remembered… this is the best.
‘To Have…’ represents their first meeting, their falling in love and their meshing as a result of such. Their son Steve would even be named after her nickname for him in the story. It’s not Oscar worthy, it’s not deep and emotional, but it was as it is… a really good wartime flick built out of a well crafted production. Sure, Bogart made better films, but how many were this simple yet so effective?