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|John Garfield||Harry Morgan|
|Patricia Neal||Leona Charles|
|Phyllis Thaxter||Lucy Morgan|
|Juano Hernandez||Wesley Park|
|Wallace Ford||F.R. Duncan|
|Sherry Jackson||Amelia Morgan|
|Donna Jo Boyce||Connie Morgan|
|Victor Sen Yung||Mr. Sing|
|Peter Brocco||Macho - a gunman|
|Mary Carroll||Girl at Bar|
"A guy who had nothing to sell but guts!"
"There's nothing more deadly than a gentle man pushed too far!"
Garfield plays Harry Morgan, a penniless fishing hire proprietor whose business is on the skids and whose family is feeling the economic pinch. He begins to work with a shady lawyer, Duncan (Wallace Ford), who persuades him to run illegal immigrants into California. Harry also begins a flirtation with Leona Charles (Patricia Neal). When his plan with Duncan goes wrong, Harry comes even more under the influence of the lawyer, who blackmails him into helping the escape of a gang of crooks, who pull a racetrack heist, by using his fishing boat to get away from authorities. Harry convinces himself that his illegal activities will financially help his family. His wife, Lucy (Phyllis Thaxter), suspects Harry is breaking the law and urges him to stop for the sake of the family. Harry refuses and walks out. As Harry waits for Duncan and the crooks on his boat, Harry's partner, Wesley Park (Juano Hernandez), arrives. Not wanting Wesley around when the crooks arrive, Harry tries to send him on an errand. The crooks arrive before Wesley leaves, and kill him. Harry is horrified, but is forced at gunpoint to transport the crooks out to open sea without drawing the attention of the Coast Guard. Harry also learns that Duncan was killed during the escape from the heist. Wesley's body is dumped overboard along with Harry's only firearm. Harry uses a ploy to access a gun and kills all the crooks in a dramatic shoot out. Harry, however, is critically wounded. Authorities find his boat the next day and tow it to port. Lucy rushes to Harry's side and tries to convince Harry to allow his arm to be amputated to save his life. Harry reaffirms his love for Lucy and is taken to the hospital. In the final scene, Wesley's son, who was briefly introduced earlier in the film, stands alone on the dock looking around for his father.In the novel Morgan lives with a prostitute and is killed in the end.
Theatrical : 1952-07-24 : Portugal
Theatrical : 1952-06-06 : Australia
Theatrical : 1951-05-31 : Denmark
Theatrical : 1950-09-30 : United States of America
Theatrical : 1950-10-06 : United States of America
Theatrical : 1951-06-15 : France
Theatrical : 1951-09-07 : Japan
Theatrical : 1951-12-14 : Austria
Theatrical : 1952-08-26 : Philippines
Theatrical : 1951-03-28 : Sweden
Theatrical : 1951-11-02 : West Germany
Theatrical : 1951-05-25 : Finland
2012-06-23 : United States of America