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Release Date:
3 February 2003 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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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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)
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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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Additional Details

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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Daughter's View, 11 March 2003
Author: gvb0907 from Falls Church, Virginia

Narrated by his daughter Julie, this film offers the standard take on John Garfield: great actor, social activist, victim of HUAC. Clips from many of his performances are shown, including some we don't see every day on TCM. Pretty much an adoring portrait, although there are a few references to Garfield's darker side.

Was he a great actor? He was always quite good, but he had his limitations. He was generally better in film noir than the great outdoors and often stronger in supporting roles than in leads. The film makes an argument that Warner's frequently misused him, but he was hardly unique in this regard. In any case, he did some of his best work there (e.g.,"Pride of the Marines") before free lancing in the late 40s.

Was he an activist? Yes, though not any more so than a number of people and probably less than some. His roots may have been in the Group Theater, but even there the real emphasis was on acting, not activism. The film doesn't spend too much time on this side of his life, which is just as well, though the leftist actors who are interviewed clearly warm to this theme and to the concept of his martyrdom.

For all the talk about HUAC and blacklisting (Joe Bernard states flatly "the Committee killed him"), Garfield's acting career was at most only half dead when he died at 39. He'd just been on Broadway in "Golden Boy" and surely could have made a good living on the stage, which was always his first love.

As for his film career, that was probably on the skids anyway by 1952. Noir and social realism were played out. Hollywood was entering a white bread era and Garfield's urban/ethnic grittiness didn't fit into a landscape dominated by Westerns, Biblical epics, Technicolor musicals, and romantic comedies. Had he lived he surely would have made a big comeback in the 60s and 70s. It's not hard to imagine him as Sol Nazerman or Hyman Roth, but it wasn't in the cards.

In his last film, titled ironically "He Ran All the Way", he was allowed very little running. Rheumatic fever in the early 30s had damaged his heart and there may have been congenital problems as well (his son died of a heart attack at 41). Very likely he had been dying for years.

Recommended primarily for Garfield's fans or for those completely unacquainted with his work. Others will find it little more than routine.

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