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Barbara | @
The film noir movies were made in black and white for a reason, besides saving money. They could play with the shadows and they gave their films a grittiness. If you watch Double Indemnity or Force if Evil, you will see the Venetian blinds shadowing across the actor's faces or when the films showed rain soaked streets with neon lights gleaming on it, it makes the films so much more interesting.

I spoke to Martin Scorsese when he was making my Uncle Jake's movie Raging Bull. He certainly had the money to make the film in color, but he wanted to capture that 1940's feel, plus having the fight scenes in color with all the blood would have made it gory. Just think of Psycho, when it was remade in color, it lost that gloomy feel!
1 November 2014 - New York

Dennis | @
Personally I enjoy the black and white films...they were made that way and that is that...and yes Julie enjoys her privacy!!
26 October 2014 - Hamburg NY

Lu
Hi, this is Lu. I was just thinking while I was laying on the couch resting that wouldn't it be nice if our beloved star, John Garfield's daughter, Julie would every once in a while post something on this website just to hear from her. I know that she is busy and wants to lead a somewhat private life.
24 October 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
Also, some of the actors who were contract players at Warner Brothers, when they made a movie with John Garfield, they were shown in black & white but when I see them in other movies, you saw them in color.

When I think of the movies of the 1940's, I think of them being filmed in black & white, but there are movies out there of that period that are indeed in color.

Maybe you think I am making too big a deal about it but that is how I feel. I also wonder when John Garfield started his own production company that he didn't switch to color.

When Ted Turner bought Warner Brothers and MGM's vast library of movies, he colorized Destination: Tokyo and John Garfield look wonderful in that.

Although MGM made movies in black & white, Andy Hardy and Dr. Kildare, most of their movies were in color featuring the big movie stars of the '50's including Esther Williams and Kathryn Grayson, etc. but again with the Postman Always Rings Twice again it was in black & white, maybe Lana Turner wouldn't have looked "striking" in color.
23 October 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
I also know that Warner Brothers made mostly movies that I think they called them melodramas or it is called another name that I can't think of at the moment that were all done in black & white.

MGM has the musicals that were all done in color. Elizabeth Taylor made movies in black & white but because of who she was, the studio filmed most of her movies in color.
23 October 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
Hi, this is Lu. I know somebody on this website said that black & white movies were "classier" than colored.

Well, in a way I disagree. I think colored movies are better than black & white, I can't really find the words to express that opinion, for instance I was going through TCM's program guide on my cable provider and I happened to see a movie in color with Errol Flynn, now he is a Warner's star, yes they managed to put him in a movie with color, OK, I think it was Robin Hood but our beloved star he always go stuck with black & white movies.
23 October 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Dr. John Fox | @
All,

"Gentleman's Agreement" is on TCM tonight.

It is one of Garfield's best. It was released in late 1947 (Garfield's best year, in my opinion) just two days after "Body And Soul".

As you know, Garfield was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "Body And Soul". He should have received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for "Gentleman's Agreement", and he should have one both.
23 September 2014 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Barbara | @
Not onLy did we sit across from Julie, but I was lucky to be in the car with her for almost another hour while we drove her home. Julie was such a warm and forth coming person who talked freely about her family. By the way, Lu when she said her mom had Alzheimer's, she was at an advanced age. She died in her 90's, before she got sick she was a highly intelligent woman.

As for the wallet, the thing I found most amazing was the fact that it was found so many years later in discarded belongings that the police kept after someone passed.
19 September 2014 - New York

Lu
Barbara and Dennis you were lucky that you were sitting right across the table from her and got a lot of information that she was talking about, me from where I was sitting, I couldn't get too much.

You said that she showed her father's wallet, what did it look like and also did she say anything about her niece and nephew (David's children) their names, how old they were and what they were doing now.
18 September 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
Also, Barbara you mentioned that she was telling you how her brother died when you drove her home.

I think I have an idea, I read about it when she did an interview in the New York Daily News, it was very sad and she also talked about her mother having Alzheimers Disease.
18 September 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
I don't know, I was thinking about maybe writing her an old fashioned letter addressed to her at The View. I really wanted to thank her and know that John Garfield has many fans out there and also has this website. It would be nice if she would post here.

I don't know, Dennis and Barbara, I think you mentioned you had facebook account, would it be possible for you to contact her there.
18 September 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
Hi, this is Lu. I was trying to see if Whoopi Goldberg has a website in order to contact her and thank her for mentioned our beloved star on Good Morning America as my husband had suggested but I see she only has a twitter and facebook account which as you know I am skeptical on going on. I

I also tried going on The View website but again at the moment, I don't see anything.
18 September 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Dennis | @
Another great impressionist George Kirby also did a great John Garfield impression. I also thought Sammy Davis Jr. met Garfield as young boy...and he always loved JG.
17 September 2014 - hamburg ny

Barbara | @
I remember reading an article about Whoopee in Cosmopolitan magazine over 30 years ago, and she mentioned that Garfield was her favorite actor when she was a child. At that time, I was so thrilled to even see Garfield's name in print, it was so rare!

Years ago I read Sammy Davis's autobiography, Yes, I Can and he said he would do impressions of Garfield. He said he was one of his favorites! I would love to see that impression, maybe I will try googling it.

Julie talked about her brother's death when we were driving her home, but it feel it's too personal to write about it here! Dennis, she also thought that HUAC did hasten her dad's death.
16 September 2014 - New York

Dr. John Fox | @
All,

If you do a Google Search on “Whoopi Goldberg John Garfield”, you will discover links to numerous profiles of and articles about Whoopi Goldberg that are absolutely amazing. John Garfield made an incredible impression on her.

I consider myself one of Garfield’s biggest fans (just like everybody who posts on this site), but until I read what Lu and Dennis posted, I had no idea of Ms. Goldberg’s affection and respect for John Garfield.

Thanks Lu and Dennis.
16 September 2014 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Dennis | @
I seen the Whoopi segment...it was refreshing to hear her fondness to JG...I wonder if Robin Boberts even does know who John Garfield really is? I have read some articles that Whoopi loves John Garfield. Good to see!!
16 September 2014 - hamburg ny

Lu
She actually said that she discovered him in Gentleman's Agreement. I figured she would say Four Daughters since she is old enough to remember that movie.

Again, I want to thank you, Whoopi Goldberg for that.

I wish there was a way that I could play that interview again but I think that is probably not possible.
15 September 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
I don't know maybe this will somehow bring awareness to him, maybe not.

Actually, I've heard from the postings here that Whoopi Goldberg does know of him and he is one of her favorites but I've never heard her talk about him on TV until now. She sort of made my day.
15 September 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
I almost fell on the floor when she said John Garfield and I started yelling at the TV, yes, yes, yes.

Actually, Robin Roberts was kind of stunned when Whoopi Goldberg said it especially when nobody ever mentions him.
15 September 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
First of all, I want to THANK actress Whoopi Goldberg for actually mentioning our BELOVED star John Garfield today on Good Morning America.

Seems she was publizing The View on Good Morning America this morning on its 18th Season. She was being interviewd by Robin Roberts. Robin Roberts asked her several questions including who was the first actor she had a crush on and to my amazement she answered John Garfield.
15 September 2014 - Bergen County, NJ

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