The Breaking Point (1950) starring John Garfield and directed by Michael Curtis is based on the novel To Have and Have Not written by Ernest Hemingway. This vehicle is more true to the Hemingway tale then the highly popular and entertaining movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. In my view, in many ways, The Breaking Point is a superior product. John Garfield turns in a magnificent portrayal of a down and out a boat captain Harry Morgan. Phyllis Thatcher plays his world weary but loving wife who is still hot for Harry. Patricia Neal is the sexy temptress who Harry is attracted to but doesn’t go overboard for.
Michael Curtiz has created and directed a taught thriller with no extra padding. Excellent black-and-white photography throughout.
Because Garfield was associated with the communist party during the Red Scare Warner Bros. buried this film and it lost out at the bus box office
This is a must see film for all serious movie buffs. It has definitely stood the test of time. Highly recommend.