Nearby on La Brea, a nod to Hemingway amid all this -
To Have and Have Not (1937) was made into a film by the director Howard Hawks. They had become friends in the late thirties. Hawks also liked to hunt, fish, and drink, and the author got along with Hawk's wife Slim, who later said - "There was an immediate and instant attraction between us, unstated but very, very strong."
According to a story, Hawks had told Hemingway that he could make "a movie out of the worst thing you ever wrote." The author has asked, "What's the worst thing I ever wrote?" and Hawks said, "That piece of junk called To Have and Have Not."
"I needed the money," Hemingway said.
Hawks bought the rights to the novel. Jules Furthman and William Faulkner slapped together a screenplay over drinks at Musso and Frank's – Bogart and Bacall starred – and on January 20, 1945, there was the movie, the only one, so far, involving two Nobel Prize winners in literature. And here is the Hemingway Building on La Brea.