Hollywood's second version of Hemingway's minor novel To Have and Have Not
turns out to be a spanking good adventure story, ranging from California to Mexico and exploiting the coastal locations to the limit. Garfield is the ill-starred owner of a charter boat trying to support his wife,
Thaxter, and two daughters, but business is abysmally bad. Dumke, a flashy sports fisherman, and his live-in lady friend, Neal, hire Garfield to take them to Mexico, where Dumke skips out without paying for the ride, leaving Garfield stranded with Neal and a docking fee he cannot pay. A seedy
lawyer, Ford, induces him to smuggle Chinese people into the United States for $200...