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To Have and Have Not: Carmichael and Bacall Sing Am I Blue?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 27, 2009 at 1:27AM

The 1944 war-time romance To Have and Have Not marked Lauren "Betty" Bacall's first movie (she was 19). Discovered by director Howard Hawks' wife Slim on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Bacall met Hawks and after she got the part (as "Slim"), her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, busting up his third marriage. Contrary to legend--that Andy Williams sang for her in the movie--Bacall did her own singing. Here she joins in with Hoagy Carmichael on Harry Akst and Grant Clarke's "Am I Blue?"
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Thompson on Hollywood

The 1944 war-time romance To Have and Have Not marked Lauren "Betty" Bacall's first movie (she was 19). Discovered by director Howard Hawks' wife Slim on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Bacall met Hawks and after she got the part (as "Slim"), her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, busting up his third marriage. Contrary to legend--that Andy Williams sang for her in the movie--Bacall did her own singing. Here she joins in with Hoagy Carmichael on Harry Akst and Grant Clarke's "Am I Blue?"

[Hat Tip: Jack Turner]

Here Bacall sings Carmichael and Johnny Mercer's "How Little We Know":


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.