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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.

As for the audio and video quality, the audio is excellent and the video is good. It is obvious that no restoration has been done especially for this release, but the video is as good as the better quality showings of older films you'll see on TCM - some marks here and there, but a good sharp picture with good contrast. Do note that this product is a DVD-R with no chapter stops. You may only go forwards and backwards in 10 minute increments.
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on September 24, 2010
I do not own this DVD-R, and by all accounts it's a decent transfer, but it is going for almost Criterion pricing at $26+ . These on demand vault releases are certainly better than not being able to see these films, but we are expected to pay virtually the same for a bare bones release on a format that is of questionable longevity. As for the movie itself, if the cast and crew doesn't sell you on wanting to see it, maybe this movie isn't for you ;). I just would rather pay a few more bucks for a proper DVD release with at least a couple of extras, or pay a fair amount less for these budget on-demand DVD-R releases. Keep an eye out for this one on TCM, or wait till they bring the prices down on these archive DVD-R bare-bones discs.
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on April 22, 2014
One of the film noirs, who is not really working. Overrated. Racketter Garfield is terrorizing some fishermen on
the docks. When he falls in love with one of the fishermen's daughter (Lupino) the situation escalates. Garfield
and Lupino are fine, but the script is too flat. Too superficial.
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on September 2, 2015
wow!!!! if you are a john garfield and ida lupino fan, then this film is a must for you!!!
incredible acting, and wonderful performances by everyone.
the cinematography is superb, but ultimately, it is garfield and lupino who steal the show!
i have always liked john garfield, but after this film, i really fell in love with his acting, and that
includes ida lupino as well!
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on July 19, 2010
this was a little slow at first, but stick with it. it gets real good. the acting is supurb and the story twisty. i don't see why amazon charges so much. there are no extras and no scene jumping. it is a good copy , crisp and clear.
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on November 28, 2011
Stella Goodwin(Ida Lupino)is a working girl tired of her boyfriend,George Watkins(Eddie Albert)and her bossy mom(Ailine MacMahon)and her poor father,Jonah(Thomas Mitchell)
Jonah and his best friend Olaf Johnson(John Qualen)get away from it all by going fishing once a week in their small boat.
Along comes sadistic hoodlum Harold Goff(John Garfield)who make fisherman pay him rent or their boats are destroyed.
Stella meets Goff and falls in love with him.Goff only uses her when he finds out that her father and Olaf hava a large sum of money put away to buy a better boat.
After Jonah and Olaf are forced to sign a contract by Goff that he had falsely lent them money,Stella is running around with the gangster,and the law wont do anything to help,they decide to get rid of him themselves.
Based on the play The Gentle People(Irwin Shaw)
Humphrey Bogart was the first pick to play Harold Goff.
They asked John Garfield about what he thought about this film,he said,I always played MR Nice Guy down on his luck.I thought Id try something different.
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on May 2, 2010
Excellent. I love everything about this film; the actors, the dialogue, the plot. It is one of my favourite films and I am delighted that it is finally available on DVD. - JL
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on May 9, 2014
If you like John Garfield you will love this movie.
You will get to see John Garfield playing the part of a low life.(The lowest)
Thomas Mitchell is great.
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on March 10, 2013
The stars alone make this a fun film to watch, especially when they are placed in a seedy waterfront setting. Not much of a story, but plenty of star-power.
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on May 17, 2016
DVD arrived as expected n plays fine.
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