The New Pictures, Sep. 25, 1950

The Breaking Point (Warner) is the latest turn in the cinematic fortunes of Ernest Hemingway's 1937 novel, To Have and Have Not. The Warners used the title in 1944 for a movie that launched the career of Lauren Bacall and pretty much let the Hemingway story alone. Then, in 1948, they borrowed one of the novel's episodes for the climax of Key Largo. At last the studio has made a film of the book itself. The result is an expert piece of hard-boiled cinema.

Producer Jerry (Johnny Belinda) Wald and Scripter Ranald MacDougall have taken plenty of liberties, but that should not...

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