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The Breaking Point Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This second screen version of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not is closer in spirit to the original than the first version, though it still is far from faithful to its source. John Garfield stars as Harry Morgan, who has metamorphosed from Hemingway's gun-runner to an ex-PT boat captain, now running a charter boat service in Southern California. Deeply in debt, Morgan agrees to smuggle aliens and later tries to sneak a bunch of gangsters out of the country. By the time he's been given a wake-up call by his conscience, Morgan has caused the death of a close friend. Patricia Neal and Phyllis Thaxter make the most of their limited footage as, respectively Harry Morgan's casual mistress and faithful spouse. Many critics feel that Phyllis Thaxter represents Michael Curtiz' finest directing job--no small praise for a man who helmed such classics as Michael Curtiz and Michael Curtiz. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

John Garfield
as Harry Morgan
Phyllis Thaxter
as Lucy Morgan
Patricia Neal
as Leona Charles
Juano Hernandez
as Wesley Park
Wallace Ford
as Duncan
Ralph Dumke
as Hannagan
Guy Thomajan
as Danny
Sherry Jackson
as Amelia
Peter Brocco
as Macho
Victor Sen Yung
as Mr. Sing
John Doucette
as Gotch
James Griffith
as Charlie
Juan Duval
as Bartender
Spencer Chan
as 1st Chinese Cook
Helen Hatch
as Mrs. Cooley
Beverly Mook
as Kid
John Close
as Deputy
Alex Gerry
as Mr. Phillips
Glen Turnbull
as Taxi Driver
John Alvin
as Reporter
Len Hendry
as Boatswain
James Griffith
as Charlie
Len Hendry
as Boatswain
Alex Gerry
as Mr. Phillips
John Close
as Deputy
Beverly Mook
as Kid
Juan Duval
as Bartender
Victor Sen Yung
as Mr. Sing
John Doucette
as Gotch
Helen Hatch
as Mrs. Cooley
John Alvin
as Reporter
Glen Turnbull
as Taxi Driver
Spencer Chan
as 1st Chinese Cook

Crew

Michael Curtiz
Director
Jerry Wald
Producer
Ranald MacDougall
Screenwriter
Ted D. McCord
Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ray Heindorf
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Crosland, Jr.
Editor
Edward Carrere
Art Director
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