- Acting of Lead Performers
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Crime, Romance, and Action
One of my favorite Garfield films, and one that does not stand out for the legendary but short lived career. The only blemish is the rather naive character who is Jennifer Fitzgerald's financial advisor. It was hard to believe Fitzgerald's fortune was not gone by the time she becomes the mark for the Con Men. Loved Walter Brennan as usual, playing an older man's role as usual. The change from criminal to honest, protective man in love showed Garfield's gift as an actor. The action in the end of the film was filled with believable almost comedic due to the inept partners of the really evil character who hates and is jealous of Garfield's character.
I've seen this film several times now and I really do enjoy it. It has all the elements of film noir, including the bad blonde played by Faye Emerson. It's also good to see a film where Garfield doesn't die in the end!
It is a gritty, good movie. Geraldine Fitzgerald is the best part of it. It is interesting to know that decades later she would portray Arthur's (Dudley Moore) grandmother with the same resolve and believability. She lends "support" in the truest sense of the word when it comes to acting. She was good in every movie in which she appeared.
Amazing movie, but incredibly under-rated
I love this movie, especially Geraldine Fitzgerald. She was under-rated as well, as an actress. I've never known why, but she's gorgeous, and a favorite actress of mine but it pains me that she wasn't in more movies in her younger days. Back to this film, it's amazing and like another has previously said, corny, the best kind though. I'm amazed that Bogart turned down the role that Garfield took on as Nick Blake. Two incredibly gorgeous women, and a role of a gangster? Needless to say I'm surprised. Should Bogart have taken the role, I'm sure this film would have been far more popular than it was. I'm upset that there's also no DVD, or even VHS for this film; I've looked all over the web, and all results come up empty. I'd love to have a DVD of this movie, and I'm definitely voting for it to be on home video.
Did Bogie really turn down the role of Nick Blake?
- Steve S.
The scene w/ Ms. Fitzgerald in a bathing suit puttin' on her shoes and then brushing those beautiful black diamond locks would have been enough for me to sign on.And, the naughty Faye Emerson too! Wow.Garfield did a fine enough, for me, job to forget about Bogie. (And I luv Bogie).A a very good supporting cast anchored by the always reliable Walter Brennan makes this for fine movie fare!
Good Garfield pic
corney but classic, garfield is very believable and does a great job, walter brennen is also very good, and the movie has a good message about life being short, and "one day you wake up and your old, so don't waste the time you are givin" i liked it very much