He Ran All the Way
|He Ran All the Way|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Berry|
|Produced by||Bob Roberts|
|Screenplay by||Hugo Butler
|Based on||the novel
by Sam Ross
|Music by||Franz Waxman|
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe|
|Edited by||Francis D. Lyon|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$1 million (US rentals)|
The film was Garfield's last, as accusations of his involvement with the Communist Party and a refusal to name names while testifying before the HUAC led to his blacklisting in Hollywood. He died less than a year later, at age thirty-nine, from coronary thrombosis due to a blood clot blocking an artery in his heart.
Petty thief Nick Robey (John Garfield) botches a robbery, leaving his partner Al (Norman Lloyd) severely wounded as Nick escapes with over $10,000. Meeting bakery worker Peg Dobbs (Shelley Winters) in friendly conversation, when Peg takes Nick to her family's apartment, he decides to take the family hostage until he can escape.
As a manhunt for Nick begins outside, the robber becomes increasingly paranoid. Meanwhile, Peg schemes to sacrifice herself for the safety of her family.
- John Garfield as Nick Robey
- Shelley Winters as Peg Dobbs
- Wallace Ford as Mr. Dobbs
- Selena Royle as Mrs. Dobbs
- Gladys George as Mrs. Robey
- Norman Lloyd as Al Molin
- Bobby Hyatt as Tommy Dobbs
- Keith Hetherington as Captain of Detectives
When the film was released, film critic Bosley Crowther praised the work of actor John Garfield, writing: "John Garfield's stark performance of the fugitive who desperately contrives to save himself briefly from capture is full of startling glints from start to end. He makes a most odd and troubled creature, unused to the normal flow of life, unable to perceive the moral standards of decent people or the tentative advance of a good girl's love. And in Mr. Garfield's performance, vis-a-vis the rest of the cast, is conveyed a small measure of the irony and the pity that was in the book."
More recently, film critic Dennis Schwartz also wrote positively of Garfield's performance, writing: "He Ran All the Way was the last film made by the brilliant John Garfield ... Garfield gives a terrific chilling performance as someone who is less like a cold-blooded killer than someone who has been rejected all his life by family and the outside world, and like a wounded animal goes on the run as a desperate man in search of someone to trust in this cold world."