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The Breaking Point (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 October 1950 (USA)
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

Finnish certificate censorship # 33288 delivered on 6-3-1951 (K-16, 120m cut). 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

Harry Morgan: [to Leona as she reaches into his shirt pocket for a cigarette] Yuh know, one of these days you're gonna get your arm broke reachin' for something that don't belong to yuh.
Leona Charles: It's all in a good cause.
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Featured in The John Garfield Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played at the dockside bar
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To Have and Have Not
6 August 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Hard-working Newport Beach, California fisherman John Garfield (as Harry Morgan) is struggling to support practical housewife Phyllis Thaxter (as Lucy) and their two girls. For some desperately-needed extra cash, Mr. Garfield and his "Sea Queen" shipmate Juano Hernandez (as Wesley Park) agree to take alluring blonde Patricia Neal (as Lenora Charles) and her sugar daddy to Mexico. When the man jumps ship, Garfield is left without payment. He is tempted into a smuggling by wily Wallace Ford (as Duncan), and continues to receive sexual invitations from Ms. Neal. Eventually, Garfield faces "The Breaking Point"...

This is the more faithful adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not" (1937), though it's not as flashy or memorable as the 1944 version, which focused on the sexual sparks being set off by co-stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. "The Breaking Point" is more of a "Harry Morgan" character study. Here is the more less romantic reverse of the "American Dream". Garfield plays a hard-working man who does not get ahead. Short-term satisfaction is represented by sex (Neal), drugs (alcohol), and Mr. Ford's offer of easy money. Ford's character predicts Garfield will, "break when the load gets too heavy..."

Garfield offered yet another excellent performance in "He Ran All the Way" (1951), before succumbing to a heart attack. He had a history of heart problems, but some believe his heart may have been broken by those persecuting the actor for his "liberal" political views. Garfield was accused of being a Communist and declined to provide a list of "Communist" pals to Congress. As usual, director Michael Curtiz, Garfield and several co-workers excel. Yet the overall production is flat; or, like several Garfield pictures, this might have been a masterpiece. Watch Mr. Hernandez and his son for something buried in the mix.

******** The Breaking Point (9/30/50) Michael Curtiz ~ John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter, Juano Hernandez


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