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The Breaking Point trivia
- Michael Curtiz directed three films in 1950, two of them starred Patricia Neal. The other film was Bright Leaf which also starred Gary Cooper and Lauren Bacall.
- Actress Phyllis Thaxter dyed her hair blond for the film, opting not to wear a wing.
- Wallace Ford (Duncan) had a long career in Hollywood going back to the days of the silents and working as late as 1965 in A Patch of Blue.
- Juano Hernandez made this film after starring in Intruder in the Dust at M-G-M.
Why watch this film?
- This was John Garfield’s second-to-last film role and the one he was most proud of.
- It’s a much grittier version of Howard Hawks’s To Have and Have Not (1944) starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
- The film features some great supporting performances including those by Phyllis Thaxter (a standout) and Juano Hernandez.
- The film features the Warner Bros. A-Team with director Michael Curtiz, cinematographer Ted D. McCord, music by Max Steiner, and producer Jerry Wald.
- New York Times curmudgeon Bosley Crowther said the film had “All of the character, color and cynicism of Mr. Hemingway’s lean and hungry tale are wrapped up in this realistic picture, and John Garfield is tops in the principal role...”
|John Garfield and Phyllis Thaxter|
- Noir or not? Does this film fit with your understanding of what makes a movie a film noir?
- What did you think of the on-screen relationship between John Garfield and Phyllis Thaxter and Garfield and Patricia Neal?
- Was Patricia Neal’s role necessary? What did her characterization add to the plot?
- Did the friendship/business partnership between Garfield and Juano Hernandez surprise you?
- Was the film title fitting?
- The film had a brutal ending; was it the ending you expected?