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Release Date:
3 February 2003 (USA) See more »
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This documentary, aired on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable network, looks at the life and career of John Garfield... See more » | Add synopsis »
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interesting documentary about a Hollywood legend See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Julie Garfield ... Narrator / Herself
Ellen Adler ... Herself
Joseph Bernard ... Himself (as Joe Bernard)
Phoebe Brand ... Herself

Michael Coppola ... Himself

James Cromwell ... Himself

Hume Cronyn ... Himself

Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself

Danny Glover ... Himself

Lee Grant ... Herself

Harvey Keitel ... Himself

Norman Lloyd ... Himself

Patricia Neal ... Herself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Robert Sklar ... Himself - Author / Film Historian

Joanne Woodward ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Cohn ... Himself (archive footage)

John Garfield ... Himself (archive footage)

Priscilla Lane ... Herself (archive footage)

Burgess Meredith ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Isaac Stern ... Himself (archive footage)
J. Parnell Thomas ... Himself - Chairman, House Un-American Activities Committee (archive footage)

Jack L. Warner ... Himself (archive footage)
Franz Waxman ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
David Heeley 
 
Writing credits
Joan Kramer  &
David Heeley 

Produced by
Tom Brown .... executive producer: Turner Classic Movies
George Feltenstein .... executive producer: Turner Entertainment
David Heeley .... producer
Joan Kramer .... producer
Roger Mayer .... executive producer: Turner Entertainment Company (as Roger L. Mayer)
Melissa Roller .... supervising producer: Turner Classic Movies
Lynda Sheldon .... coordinating producer
 
Original Music by
Michael A. Levine  (as Michael Levine)
Mark Suozzo 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Barry (director of photography)
Mark Zavad (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Scott P. Doniger 
 
Makeup Department
Kara Raynaud .... hair stylist (as Kara Crean)
Kara Raynaud .... makeup artist (as Kara Crean)
 
Sound Department
Michael Scott Goldbaum .... sound
Jim Heffernan .... sound mixer
Keith Winner .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Jai Dindial .... stills animator
Hyok Kim .... stills animator
Andreas Minas .... stills animator
 
Editorial Department
Kobi Shely .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ellen Adler .... additional archive stills and graphics
Rick Amon .... researcher
Robert Ansbro .... production assistant
Andrew Baer .... production assistant
Joseph Bernard .... additional archive stills and graphics
Phoebe Brand .... additional archive stills and graphics
Edward Burke .... additional archive stills and graphics
J.C. Compton .... additional archive stills and graphics
Michael Coppola .... additional archive stills and graphics
Julie Garfield .... additional archive stills and graphics
Suad Kutlug .... production assistant
Erwann G. Marshall .... production assistant (as Erwann Marshall)
Robert Nott .... consultant
Walt Odets .... additional archive stills and graphics
Scott Puryear .... production assistant
Linda Reynolds .... additional footage (as Mrs. Isaac Stern)
Ashley Ringling .... production secretary
Carol Eve Rossen .... additional archive stills and graphics
Robert A. Schanke .... additional archive stills and graphics
Anita D. Shapiro .... legal services
Marcelo Vita .... title designer
John W. Waxman .... additional footage
Beth Zimmerman .... production coordinator: Turner Classic Movies
 
Thanks
Sidney Feinberg .... special thanks (as Sidney Feinberg Esq.)
Roger Goodspeed .... special thanks (as Roger Goodspeed Esq.)
Ann Harris .... special thanks
Patrick Hemingway .... acknowledgment: excerpts and stills from "The Breaking Point" courtesy of
Thurn Hoffman .... special thanks
Jake Karlsmark .... special thanks
Jane Klain .... special thanks
Liz Kyler .... special thanks
Jeremy Megraw .... special thanks
Cynthia Mitchell .... special thanks
Lynne Normandia .... special thanks
Ellen Rossen .... special thanks
Sandra Seacat .... special thanks (as Sandra Hoffman)
Amy Sheldon .... special thanks
Joseph Solanto .... special thanks
Mark Swope .... special thanks
Karen Thomas .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
58 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:PG (video release) (2004)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Included in Warner Home Video's 2004 DVD release of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In her opening narration of this documentary, Julie Garfield refers to "Senator Joseph McCarthy and his House Un-American Activities Committee". As a senator (and someone who had never been a member of the House of Representatives), McCarthy did not serve and could never have served on HUAC. Indeed, Ms. Garfield's very words make no sense, as senators cannot be members of House committees (or vice versa). Moreover, McCarthy had nothing whatsoever to do with the investigations into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood or the subsequent blacklist. McCarthy, in the Senate, concerned himself almost entirely with alleged subversives in government and related institutions, but he never got involved with Hollywood or the entertainment industry, which was the exclusive preserve of HUAC - 'though McCarthy certainly approved of what that committee was doing.See more »
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References Melody Time (1948)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
interesting documentary about a Hollywood legend, 11 August 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"The John Garfield Story" is a good look at an actor who died very young and under the cloud of the blacklist. The sections concerning the actor's personal life were most interesting to me, since I knew very little about it. Garfield's story is narrated by his daughter, the actress/teacher Julie Garfield. There was another daughter who died from a massive allergy attack as a child.

The documentary covers Garfield's early days as Jacob Garfinkle, whom his family called Julie and who later billed himself as Jules, and how at a school for problem kids his dramatic and boxing skills were honed with the help of the head of the school. It goes into his early theater work, and how he took a contract at Warners after losing out to Luther Adler as "Golden Boy," a play specifically written for him by Clifford Odets. He was evidently considered too green for the role by the Group Theater and actually didn't play the lead until 1952, when his Hollywood career was over.

Garfield's star rose quickly - he was a handsome tough guy who gave honest performances and was rewarded with some major films, including "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Gentlemen's Agreement," and "Humoresque." And his star fell just as fast when the Communist witch hunt began. A liberal in his views, and one who consorted with writers, actors, and directors deemed questionable, his major sin was going to Yugoslavia during the war. He was unable to enlist because of a bad heart, and instead helped to entertain the troops. (Lee Grant ended up on the blacklist, by the way, because she attended the funeral of someone who was blacklisted.) When he was subpoenaed for the hearings and refused to name names, the last nail went into his coffin. His last film was a B picture, "He Ran All the Way."

I can't agree totally with one of the posters, who claims that Garfield would have been washed up anyway. Yes, it's true, the '50s were filled with costume dramas and musicals; they were also filled with angry young men for whom he was the prototype - James Dean, Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, and Paul Newman, to name a few - and surely Garfield could have successfully continued to work in and produce movies. The stage would have gotten him through the harder-to-cast middle-aged years until "The Godfather," and there's no doubt his later career as a character actor would have been very rich. But there's no use speculating.

If you don't know much about Garfield - and I didn't - you will find this a fascinating look at his career and life. But watch a little more closely, and you'll realize also that he was undoubtedly a lot more complicated than this documentary shows.

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