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Out of the Fog (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 14 June 1941 (USA)
In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat. Jonah's daughter is the twenty-one year-old telephone ... See full summary »

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screen play), Jerry Wald (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Harold Goff
Ida Lupino ... Stella Goodwin
Thomas Mitchell ... Jonah Goodwin
Eddie Albert ... George Watkins
George Tobias ... Igor Propotkin
John Qualen ... Olaf Johnson
Aline MacMahon ... Florence Goodwin
Jerome Cowan ... Assistant D.A.
Odette Myrtil ... Caroline Pomponette
Leo Gorcey ... Eddie
Robert Homans ... Officer Magruder
Bernard Gorcey ... Sam Pepper
Paul Harvey ... Judge Moriarty
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In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat. Jonah's daughter is the twenty-one year-old telephone operator Stella Goodwin, who is an ambitious young woman that dreams on leaving her neighborhood. She is the sweetheart of the worker George Watkins, a simple man that dreams on marrying her. When the smalltime gangster Harold Goff arrives in Brooklyn, he extorts money from Jonah and Olaf to "protect" their boat from fire and dates Stella. Jonah tries to convince his daughter that Goff is a racketeer that takes money out of poor ordinary people but she does not care to her father since she sees Goff as her chance to have a comfortable life and visit new places. When she discloses to Goff that her father has savings, Goff demands the money to Jonah. Now the old man is convinced that the only chance to get rid off Goff is to fight back. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gentle People See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Friday 14 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Los Angeles Friday 14 December 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Bloomington IN Friday 29 March 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4), in Portland OR Friday 5 April 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), and in Wichita Tuesday 21 May 1957 on KAKE (Channel 10). See more »

Quotes

Jonah Goodwin: She's fifteen minutes younger than the Roman Empire.
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Alternate Versions

The available version on VHS in Argentina was lifted from a 16mm print in English with Spanish language subtitles. The credits were also redone in Spanish. See more »

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Trade Winds
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Music by Cliff Friend
Played in the drug store when Stella orders a chocolate soda
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Good mixture of genres
5 March 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This odd little film effectively weds comedy and drama and works in practice in a way that you'd never believe if someone just laid out the plot for you on paper.

John Garfield takes some chances here with his fan base as he plays a very one-dimensional hood, Goff, who goes for the easy pickings. Rather than go to the big city where he would most probably have to contend with gangsters rougher and smarter than himself, he moves in on a fishing community and chooses to shake down the peace-loving and gentle populace.

Thomas Mitchell and John Qualen play pals Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson, who live for the nights they go fishing - they both have day jobs. They comprise most of the comedy and the most touching parts of the drama as they gradually come to realize that the law won't help them get the ruffian Goff out of their lives, and they may just have to take action themselves. With someone like Goff, there is only one action that will work - murder.

Ida Lupino plays a rather one-dimensional character herself - Jonah Goodwin's daughter Stella - and as such she is just made for Goff, whom she desperately wants on any terms regardless of what he is doing to her own father. She finds existence in the fishing village boring and is looking for a way out when Goff comes along and sweeps her off her feet by dazzling her with dollars and his devil-may-care attitude. I have to really applaud John Garfield's performance here - he shows not a shred of humanity. Considering he had already built up a reputation as playing sensitive loners, this was quite a chance he was taking.

The end pulls punches compared to the story it is based upon, but you have to lay the blame for that at the feet of the censors at the time, not Warner Brothers. Highly recommended.


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