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The Breaking Point (1950)

An otherwise moral captain of a charter boat becomes financially strapped and is drawn into illegal activities in order to keep up payments on his boat.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screen play by), Ernest Hemingway (based on the story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Harry Morgan
Patricia Neal ... Leona Charles
Phyllis Thaxter ... Lucy Morgan
Juano Hernandez ... Wesley Park
Wallace Ford ... F.R. Duncan
Edmon Ryan ... Rogers
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Hannagan
Guy Thomajan ... Danny
William Campbell ... Concho
Sherry Jackson ... Amy Morgan
Donna Jo Boyce Donna Jo Boyce ... Connie Morgan
Victor Sen Yung ... Mr. Sing
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Storyline

Fishing boat captain Harry Morgan charters his boat. Due to strained finances, he is none too careful as to whom he does business with. Real trouble erupts when Harry hires out his boat to transport four men who turn out to be criminals on the lam from a racetrack heist. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A guy who had nothing to sell but guts! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illdåd ombord See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat CG-83452 Harry passes by on the way out of the harbor was one of 230 83-foot patrol craft built by Wheeler Shipbuilding in Brooklyn, New York for use in WWII. This boat was delivered in June 1943 at of cost of $125,000 ($1.8M in 2017) fully outfitted. It was sold at auction in 1964 and converted into the yacht named "Fiesta". It was scrapped in 2004. See more »

Goofs

When Harry goes to look at the plaques and pictures on the wall, the positions of some change between the longer shot and the close-up where he straightens the picture of the PT boat - most noticeably the plaque with his medal ribbons. See more »

Quotes

Leona Charles: [after surviving a barrage of bullets on Harry's boat] I guess I should have swam back to port - or is it 'swum?'
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Connections

Remade as Wetbacks (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
(uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung by Patricia Neal in the bar
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A whole lotta trouble....
16 August 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Harry (John Garfield) is a guy who is having a world of trouble. His fishing charter business is having nothing but bad luck and he's having a hard time supporting his family as well as keeping his boat. He's so desperate that he does something he never thought he'd do--work for mobsters to make some quick money. But these people are thugs and the deeper Harry gets, the harder it looks for him to survive. Can he possibly keep his boat, his family AND his head?

This film is a more faithful adaptation of the story that was made several times. First, it was a Bogart/Bacall picture, "To Have and Have Not" and later it was remade two more times as well as was the inspiration, in part, for "Islands in the Stream". So, if this all seems familiar, this is probably why.

While the Bogart version is very stylish, I think this later John Garfield film is superior. The dialog (like the original) is very snappy but the film seems more realistic and taut. It also features some nice supporting performances by Juano Hernandez and Wallace Ford. In many ways, the film plays like "To Have and Have Not" merged with "The Killing" as well as "Key Largo". Tough, very dark and very well made--one of Garfield's best because it was NOT formulaic and that final shot by Michael Curtiz was amazingly good.

By the way, if you watch the film, you might (like me) think that Patricia Neal's character wasn't necessary for the movie. What do you think?


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