Day 11 of Noirvember: See it on TCM — He Ran All the Way (1951)
John Garfield’s last movie was He Ran All the Way in 1951. Shortly after filming was completed on this film, Garfield was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The committee had been investigating Communism in the motion picture industry since 1947, and in the fall of that year, Garfield was among a large contingent of Hollywood notables who traveled to Washington, D.C., to offer their support to the writers, directors, and actors who were being targeted by the committee.
Despite his insistence that he was not involved with the Communist party, Garfield found himself blacklisted in Hollywood. A little over a year later, he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 39 years old.
In He Ran All the Way, Garfield plays Nick Robey, a petty hood who is sought for murder when a payroll robbery scheme goes wrong and he shoots a policeman. Desperate and paranoid, he meets a young woman, Peg Dobbs (Shelley Winters), at a local swimming pool, escorts her home, and holds her family hostage when he mistakenly believes that her parents know of his crime.
“All I ever asked you people was just for a place to hold up for a couple of days, that’s all,” Nick said. “Something you’d give an alley car.”
See He Ran All the Way Saturday, November 12th, on TCM.
It’s good stuff.
And join me tomorrow for day 12 of Noirvember!