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Lu
Hello to all. I am at our local library again using their computers because we are still waiting for the AOL CD and then we will wait for the gentleman who services it for us to uninstall the old CD and reinstall the new CD.

Hope everybody is doing OK. I miss our home computer
6 June 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
I just wanted to say Rest In Peace To Our Beloved Star. Sorry I am late with this but our Internet Provider is not working on our computer. I am sending this to you via our local library. We are having a problem with our AOL set up and we are going to have reinstall the CD which the gentleman who services our computer will do once we get the CD.

Just wanted to let you know.

To our Beloved Star, John Garfield, Rest In Peace on your 64th year in Heaven.
31 May 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Barbara | @
Sixty fours ago today John Garfield passed away! You are gone, but certainly not forgotten!

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Lu! My birthday is Monday! I hope all is well with you!
21 May 2016 - New York

Lu
Hi, this is Lu. I know Barbara, you said that once before in one of your posts. But it is still sad. Even though there is not too much more that can be said, it is STILL nice to see everyone's posts. By the way, Happy Birthday to you, Barbara ahead of time. I think you posted once that your birthday was 2 days after our Beloved Star's death which I think is this Friday the 20th or Saturday the 21 and your birthday I think is the 22nd. Happy Birthday again.

Maybe they are playing his movies a little ahead of his anniversary. Thank you Dr. Fox for mentioning that. I am looking forward to watching them tonight. As I said in an earlier posting, Four Daughters and Four Wives were also on, I hope everybody saw them.

By the way did you know that Chaz Bono's
(formerly Chastity, Cher's son) birthday is the same as John Garfield's birthday
March 4 and Cher's birthday is May 20 when he unfortunately passed away.
17 May 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Barbara | @
As usual, John, you beat me to the punch! I already have my DVR set to record a Fallen Sparrow tomorrow night. It's rarely shown, and I believe it was a turning point in Garfield's career. I also saw the same interview with Maureen O'Hara. I hope all is well with you, and everyone else on this site!

Lu, I am sorry I don't post so often, however I feel we have exhausted everything we could say about Garfield films through the years!
16 May 2016 - New York

Dr. John Fox | @
All,

TCM will be showing "Air Force" and "The Fallen Sparrow" next Tuesday evening (May 17th).

Ben Mankiewicz has provided some interesting introductory background information on the last couple of Garfield films I have seen. I hope he does the same for these two as well.

"The Fallen Sparrow" is one of Garfield's best. Maureen O'Hara wrote that she enjoyed working with him a great deal on it.
12 May 2016 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Lu
Hello, Dr. Fox. It is so nice to see you posting again. I know everyone is busy but it seems you and I seem to be the only ones posting these days. I know also that Dennis is taking care of his wife who I read is coming along very nicely and of course, he is busy with his shows.

I miss Barbara as well as the others. Haven't seen Karen post in a long time, oh well.

You mean I missed Hollywood Canteen. I have been trying to remember to look at the TCM grid but I guess sometimes I forget. Although I will admit my days are very busy and it is hard for me to watch anything in the wee hours in the morning.
10 May 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Dr. John Fox | @
Lu,

Thanks for your last post. I knew that TCM was broadcasting "Four Daughters" and "Four Wives". I hadn't seen "Four Wives" in years.

Just so everyone knows, "Hollywood Canteen" will be broadcast on May 10th in the wee hours of the morning that day.

I've posted on this site before that this is one of my favorite Garfield movies (even though his time on screen is brief) for its historical importance.

The cast is great, and as foolish as the premise is, it's a most enjoyable film
6 May 2016 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Lu
I hope you all saw that on TCM this past Monday morning, they were playing both Four Daughters and Four Wives. When I went on my cable channel grid and saw it Sunday night, I couldn't believe it. It was so nice to see those two movies again.
I hope you were aware that they were on.
3 May 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
Hi, everyone, this is Lu. I just wanted to mention that I was looking at Wikipedia and put in our beloved star's name, John Garfield and then I tried looking up his wife, Roberta (Robbe - I think that was her nickname and found out that John Garfield has 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. I think I read somewhere that they are his son, David's children. At the luncheon for our beloved star at the Warwick Hotel, I asked his daughter Julie about how her niece and nephew were, what their names are but she didn't really answer. Do any of you know about that, Dennis, Barbara. As I said I read that he had 2 grandchildren but I didn't know that he had great grandchildren. I will go back to read more on Wikipedia. I know you also have read books about him. Thank you.
26 April 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
Hi, this is Lu. Thank you, Dr. Fox for that information. One thing is wonderful besides the wonderful people I have "met" through this website that you learn so much about our beloved star. I don't know, Dennis, you say that Whoopi Goldberg and Mark Wahlberg are huge Garfield fans but whenever I see them on TV being interviewed, you never hear them mention his name. Only once did I hear Whoopi Goldberg say his name when she was interviewed and I will say that I think it was Robin Roberts and I will say that she was very surprised.

I hope, Dennis that your wife is getting better every day.
19 April 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

BArbara | @
You beat me to the punch. Body and Soul on late Tuesday night/ early Wednesday morning 4/13 at 2am on TCM!
12 April 2016 - New York

Dr. John Fox | @
Dennis,

Thanks for those very insightful comments about Gregory Peck. I would very much like to have met him. A fair amount of the TCM documentary I referenced in my last email is Peck in sessions much like the one you describe where you met him.

On another note, TCM is finally showing "Body and Soul" this week.
10 April 2016 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Dennis | @
Hi all...I post when I can...busy with my wife and my shows. John Garfield is my favorite actor...bar none. No one is a close second. Just my opinion. I seen Gregory Peck about 16 years ago at Buffalo State University. He was there doing a question and answer period as he was promoting a new book. He really enjoyed working with John Garfield. I told him he was my favorite actor of all time...he said that it was a very good pick.

As for the friendship with Gene Kelly...Robert Nott writes about it in the bio on Garfield. I personally have tried to track down Whoopi Goldberg...Mark Wahlberg...even Clint Eastwood. I know Whoopi and Mark are huge Garfield fans. I was hoping one of them or someone would be interested in making a bio on Garfield. I contacted Robert Nott...told him we were meeting with Garfield's daughter Julie. Now my time is limited with my wife's illness...but I am still and always will be the biggest John Garfiled fan!!
8 April 2016 - Hamburg NY

Dr. John Fox | @
I agree with Lu that it's sad that we don't see more message traffic on this site.

John Garfield is my very favorite actor of all time. But, a close second is Gregory Peck, and TCM had a wonderful biography of him shown this week. It was a two hour retrospective done by Peck's daughter, and it was quite compelling.

Peck really was a good and decent human being.

Almost everyone's (not mine) favorite Peck movie is "To Kill A Mockingbird". That is a really wonderful film, and Mockingbird author Harper Lee is quoted in the TCM documentary that Peck as Atticus Finch really let the world see who the real Gregory Peck (not the actor) was as a person.

My favorite, of course, is "Gentleman's Agreement". I think that his character in that film, "Phil Green" is every bit as real a glimpse into the "real" Gregory Peck as "Atticus Finch"

I have said on this site before that in addition to his Best Actor nomination for "Body and Soul", Garfield should have also gotten a nomination as Best Supporting Actor for "Gentleman's Agreement". He should have won both. There is no better evidence than these two films (as the late Robert Sklar said) that Garfield was the finest American film actor of the post World War II era.

You all may not know this but Gregory Peck and John Garfield were friends, and worked together (even before "Gentleman's Agreement"") on a number of the "Hollywood Players" radio broadcasts. One of the more memorable is "All Through The House" which starred Garfield, Peck, Joseph Cotten, Gene Kelly, and a very young Janet Leigh. It was broadcast on Christmas Day 1946, and if you google Hollywood Players you can find it.

Gene Kelly and Garfield were also great pals. There are some touching stories about Garfield and Kelly in Betsy's Blair's book, "The Memory of All That" which is her biography and spends a lot of time about her marriage to Kelly, their interactions with other stars of the day, and how they dealt with The Blacklist (she was threatened with it, he was not).
8 April 2016 - West Chester Pennsylvania

Lu
Hi, this is Lu. Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I know everyone is busy but too bad that nobody else has posted.
7 April 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
Hi, this is Lu. Just wanted to wish everybody a Happy Easter.
25 March 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Lu
Yes, Dr. Fox, this is Lu. I think I remember that although I did not go to it. I read about it after it was finished. In fact, the Daily News did an interview with Julie Garfield, revealing some interesting and also some sad facts. I think also there is a theatre in Lincoln Center named after our Beloved Star, John Garfield. Also Kim Morgan did an interview with Julie Garfield in Las Vegas revealing some interesting things about her father, I think she also mentioned that her grandfather did not support her father and his career, never went to see one of his movies. Also there was an interview with Abraham Polonsky also on you tube which you mentioned that I did see as well. I still have dial-up on my computer so it took a while to watch them.
22 March 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

Dr. John Fox | @
All,

I am posting in response to Lu's last message.

There was a wonderful, wonderful retrospective festival of John Garfield Films in 1995 at Lincoln Center. A dozen or so were shown over the course of several days.

The festival began with a fantastic panel discussion that included Julie Garfield and Abe Polonsky, Garfield's great friend, the writer of "Body And Soul", and the director of "Force Of Evil".

I was lucky enough to have attended it, and count the Festival Program among my most cherished pieces of Garfield memorabilia.

Perhaps there could be a similar retrospective at some point in the future.

Speaking of Abraham Polonsky, there are some wonderful video interviews of him on You Tube. He talks with great affection and respect for Garfield in many of them. He also has great stories to tell about how he and other writers survived the black list
20 March 2016 - West Chester, Pennsylvania

Lu
I just wanted to post this message to let you know that courtesy of my husband who was reading the Jersey Journal, advised me that I think it was last Saturday, a movie theatre in the Journal Square area of Jersey City showed John Garfield's movie The Postman Always Rings Twice. They are showing movies that were based on books. They are also showing To Kill A Mockingbird based on Harper Lee's book and another movie that I cannot remember. Hopefully this will be a start in people rediscovering our Beloved Star John Garfield.

I can't believe that there is another posting here regarding a love spell.
15 March 2016 - Bergen County, NJ

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