The Breaking Point is the second film adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel To Have and Have Not. The film, directed by Michael Curtiz, is considered to be considerably more faithful to the novel than the 1944 version starring Humphrey Bogart.
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 who persuades him to run illegal immigrants into California. When this goes wrong, Morgan 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.
In the novel Morgan lives with a prostitute and is killed in the end.
"Whereas the To Have and Have Not version reflected World War II issues, this adaptation deals with financial concerns in the post-war era. Garfield helped develop the role of the African-American Wesley and was later blacklisted for being too liberal. Hemingway’s...