The Breaking Point (1950)

“You know how it is early in the morning on the water? Everything’s quiet except for the seagulls a long way off. You feel great. Then you come ashore, and it starts. In no time at all, you’re up to your ears in trouble.” Harry Morgan (John Garfield) is a California boat captain, but his business isn’t doing too great. Harry struggles to support his … Continue reading The Breaking Point (1950)

Castle on the Hudson (1940)

Tommy Gordon (John Garfield) thinks he’s invincible. Deeply involved in the criminal underworld, he has no fears of being shipped away to prison. He has too many friends and allies for that. At least, that’s what he believes. His tune changes when, after an arrest, his friends swiftly abandon him — with the exception of his devoted girlfriend, Kay (Ann Sheridan), who will do anything … Continue reading Castle on the Hudson (1940)

Out of the Fog (1941)

Jonah Goodwin (Thomas Mitchell) and Olaf Johnson (John Qualen) are a tailor and a cook, living in Brooklyn. Life isn’t rosy, but the men have one thing that keeps them going: the fishing trips they take together after work. They dream of buying a larger boat, which would allow them to leave their jobs and become professional fishermen. But, they’ve got families to support, so … Continue reading Out of the Fog (1941)

Second Looks: Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Hollywood Canteen is a famously star-packed variety show with appearances by Jack Benny, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Brown, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Ida Lupino, and more! When it isn’t busy offering up its plethora of star cameos, the film follows Slim Green (Robert Hutton) and his pal Sgt. Nolan (Dane Clark). The fellas are on leave for three nights, and … Continue reading Second Looks: Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

After a three-month stay, Nick Blake (John Garfield) has finally been released from the Army hospital on Governor’s Island, where he could see his hometown of NYC through the window but couldn’t quite make it there. Now that he’s out, he’s excited to be reunited with his beloved city and with his girlfriend, Toni Blackburn (Faye Emerson). Nick gave Toni some money to hold on … Continue reading Nobody Lives Forever (1946)