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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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Informative but not illuminating...good glimpse from a few of his best films... 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)
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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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Informative but not illuminating...good glimpse from a few of his best films..., 5 August 2011
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

JOHN GARFIELD was well used at Warner Bros. where he became a contract player in the late '30s, beginning with his much ballyhooed first film, FOUR DAUGHTERS ('38), sharing the screen with some of Warner's best contract players and stealing many a scene as the tough guy with a heart of gold.

But to listen to this documentary, his Warner contract allowed him to do too many prison films. Actually, his street smart, chip-on-the-shoulder type of personality was what the public expected to see rather than having him stretch to be someone who could do a variety of other roles.

After all, those tough guy prison films were what kept him so popular with the movie-going public during all those years at Warners. When he did "stretch," the accents proved too much for him to handle (as in TORTILLA FLAT and JUAREZ) and costume films were not his forte. The Brooklyn in his voice was always just beneath the surface, as was his tough guy attitude. It was the dangerous element in his personality that women loved. Aside from the prison dramas, he got to do a number of respectable war films (DESTINATION TOKYO, PRIDE OF THE MARINES) and films of social significance like GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT.

Garfield's biggest disappointment was not getting a chance to do Clifford Odet's GOLDEN BOY on public and repeating that performance on film. However, he made up for it ten years later by starring in a B'way version, just a little too ripe for the role at that point. We get to see a glimpse of a TV scene from the play opposite Kim Stanley which at least gives an indication of how good his performance in that role probably was.

As for the celebrities who talk about Garfield, that's the weakest part of the documentary. There's nothing particularly illuminating in any of the comments by Lee Grant, Joanne Woodward, Richard Dreyfuss, Norman Lloyd or any of the others who offer little insight into what made the man tick aside from his surface toughness as a result of a tough childhood in Brooklyn. Along the way he had help from someone at a school for troubled kids and developed an interest in the theater, soon a favorite with the Group Theater.

Garfield deserves a better bio than this, but it does offer some generous film clips from a few of his best films and should please fans who want to know more about his emergence as a star.

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