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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
was originally chosen to play Harold Goff. However, Ida Lupino
had just finished shooting They Drive by Night
(1940) and High Sierra
(1941) with Bogart, and they had not gotten along. Lupino protested, and because she'd had a bigger name than Bogart at the time, she got her way, forcing an angry Bogart to shoot off a telegram to Jack L. Warner
asking, "When did Ida Lupino start casting films at your studio?" See more
A man with the brain of a bank president!
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
Version of Gentle People
Concert in the Park
Written by Cliff Friend
and Dave Franklin
Played in the bar at the beginning
Also played when Jonah and Olaf discuss moving the boat to Gravesend Bay
Also played at the end See more