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Melissa

I've only seen The Postman Only Rings Twice, but he was great in that (though Hume Cronyn stole the movie from the leads in the end). That's a shame about his early death and being so underrated.

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John Garfield is fantastic! It's great to seem him remembered like this...

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A great person that always with us.

Rocky

Hi...I just came across your site by chance. I was looking up sites on John and I think yours is really great. I am in love with John and I also watch one of his movies at least once a week. I have his signature tattooed on my wrist with a cigarette underneith it...it look really cool. I won of his coats from E-Bay and have it hanging in my bedroom. I live in NYC and whenever I am in Grammacy Park, I always stop by the house where he died and say a pray with a lump in my throat. I also went to visit his grave in Upstate NY, and left him a pack of Camels. I am planning on driving there in a few weeks with some friends. I also have many framed pictures of him on my living room coach, and I try to collect everything I can find on him. Wish I could own the hat he wore in Tortilla Flat,he looked so cute in it. Well thanks for owing such a great site, and I will visit it weekly.
Thank You,
Rocky

Jonathan Hertzberg

Found your post belatedly. Your thoughts mirror mine on the current state of John Garfield ignorance. I'm forever having to tell so-called film buffs who John Garfield was. I programmed a John Garfield/Robert Ryan retrospective a fews years ago, which, unfortunately, brought in very few new converts. However, on the bright side, THE BREAKING POINT and NOBODY LIVES FOREVER have been very well-received at special screenings arranged by the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA in recent years.

His death still saddens and angers me and whenever there is a tribute such as TCM's month-long ode in '03, I feel a lot better. I've always felt that Garfield falling off the radar had a lot to do with the after effects of the Blacklist. Since I wasn't alive in the 50s and 60s, I can't say for sure, but I get the feeling his films did not get the same television exposure that the Bogarts and Cagneys did. The Blacklist did carry over until the early 60s, most famously "broken" by Kirk Douglas for SPARTACUS. Did the Blacklist extend to dead actors and the frequency that their films appeared on television? I'm not sure, but I'm certain that people like Pat McGilligan and Paul Buhle might have some ideas about this.

By the time of home video, most of Garfield's solo work remained in the vaults while his work with other big stars (Cary Grant, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, etc.) was released. We did get FORCE OF EVIL, FOUR DAUGHTERS, and BODY AND SOUL, of course, but almost nothing else that were "Garfield pictures." This dearth of availability most certainly hampered the growth of Garfield mystique amongst younger cinephiles.

Warner Home Video has been promising a box set for this year (good timing since it's Garfield own 95th Anniversary). Eddie Muller has referred to the coming box set, but with few details. I'm confident that THE BREAKING POINT (Garfield's best in my opinion) will be part of it (with a Muller commentary?) and I hope that PRIDE OF THE MARINES (right behind THE BREAKING POINT) is part of it as well. There has been no official announcement yet, however.

If Garfield had had a few more years of making films out of the clutches of Warner Bros., I think he would have had his own AFRICAN QUEEN to hang his hat on. As daughter Julie Garfield said on TCM, "Daddy never had a CASABLANCA," a film that would live on in the hearts and minds of cinemagoers generation after generation.

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