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The Breaking Point (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 October 1950 (USA)
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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Lucy Morgan
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Wesley Park
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F.R. Duncan
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Danny
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Concho
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Amelia Morgan
Donna Jo Boyce ...
Connie Morgan
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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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Illdåd ombord  »

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Some of the story elements were recycled into another Ernest Hemingway adaptation, Islands in the Stream (1977). See more »

Quotes

Harry Morgan: [to Lucy] I get teed off sometimes. No sooner do I get my head above water than somebody pushes me down again!
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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
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To Have and Have Not
6 August 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Hard-working Newport Beach, California fisherman John Garfield (as Harry Morgan) is struggling to support practical housewife Phyllis Thaxter (as Lucy) and their two girls. For some desperately-needed extra cash, Mr. Garfield and his "Sea Queen" shipmate Juano Hernandez (as Wesley Park) agree to take alluring blonde Patricia Neal (as Lenora Charles) and her sugar daddy to Mexico. When the man jumps ship, Garfield is left without payment. He is tempted into a smuggling by wily Wallace Ford (as Duncan), and continues to receive sexual invitations from Ms. Neal. Eventually, Garfield faces "The Breaking Point"...

This is the more faithful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not" (1937), though it's not as flashy or memorable as the 1944 version, which focused on the sexual sparks being set off by co-stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. "The Breaking Point" is more of a "Harry Morgan" character study. Here is the more less romantic reverse of the "American Dream". Garfield plays a hard-working man who does not get ahead. Short-term satisfaction is represented by sex (Neal), drugs (alcohol), and Mr. Ford's offer of easy money. Ford's character predicts Garfield will, "break when the load gets too heavy..."

Garfield offered yet another excellent performance in "He Ran All the Way" (1951), before succumbing to a heart attack. He had a history of heart problems, but some believe his heart may have been broken by those persecuting the actor for his "liberal" political views. Garfield was accused of being a Communist and declined to provide a list of "Communist" pals to Congress. As usual, director Michael Curtiz, Garfield and several co-workers excel. Yet the overall production is flat; or, like several Garfield pictures, this might have been a masterpiece. Watch Mr. Hernandez and his son for something buried in the mix.

******** The Breaking Point (9/30/50) Michael Curtiz ~ John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernandez


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