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An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

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Fishing boat captain Harry Morgan charters his boat. Due to strained finances, he is none too careful as to whom he does business with. Real trouble erupts when Harry hires out his boat to transport four men who turn out to be criminals on the lam from a racetrack heist. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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There's nothing more deadly than a gentle man pushed too far! See more »


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6 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Illdåd ombord  »

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Finnish certificate censorship # 33288 delivered on 6-3-1951 (K-16, 120m cut). See more »

Quotes

Harry Morgan: [to Leona as she reaches into his shirt pocket for a cigarette] Yuh know, one of these days you're gonna get your arm broke reachin' for something that don't belong to yuh.
Leona Charles: It's all in a good cause.
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Remade as The Gun Runners (1958) See more »

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I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played at the dockside bar
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Beautifully Acted By All
22 April 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

John Garfield is the star. What a star he was, too! He's near the end of his too-short career here but is fine. Phyllis Thaxter, as his wife, will steal your heart. She gives a beautifully performance.

One of my favorites, Patricia Neal, is good too. But she doesn't look beautiful, which she certainly was. Her costumes do not compliment her, nor does her hair in this movie.

Juano Hernandez as Garfield's fishing buddy is very touching in an understated role. And Wallace Ford is exceptionally good. He plays an extremely shady lawyer -- a loudmouthed braggart and a coward. It's the sort of role and performance that get singled out for Academy Awards but apparently he got nothing -- not here nor anywhere else in his long, interesting career.

The story centers on Garfield's boat and his travels. It's about him, his foundering career, and his family. Initially Neal plays an integral role but once she is no longer a passenger, her character's relationship to the rest of the plot is tenuous.


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