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Lori | @
Hello everyone. The Fallen Sparrow and The Postman Always Rings Twice are in my opinion, two of Garfield’s finest performances on film. I hope some of you saw some of the ‘Word of Month” promos TCM was airing last week. The one with Joanne Woodward talking about his performance in TPART and then the one with Maureen O’Hara talking about working with him in The Fallen Sparrow. She was so sweet when she said he was short in height but a giant in talent.

The things that DeeDee is doing over at the Film Noir Lives Here site, is really so great in promoting the petition. She has the support and the endorsement of The Film Noir Foundation for the petition, and there is a Noir Café in Fullerton Calif. that will be airing TPART on August 28th in honor of John Garfield and the petition. The funny thing is that I for years lived and worked in Fullerton Calif.
I just finished James Beaver’s book on Garfield and in it he reprinted in the entire letter that Clifford Odets wrote to the NY Times two days after Garfield’s funeral. It is a truly beautiful letter from one friend to another. I have written out here the part of the letter that touched me the most.

"In these keen and bitter times, highly placed and so open to any wild attacks, Garfield remained extraordinary free of malice and meanness....they were nowhere in his nature. Despite any and all gossip to the contrary, I, who was in the position to know, state without equivocation that of all of his possessions Garfield was proudest of his American heritage. His climb from bare poverty to stardom illustrated for him one of the most cherished folkways of our people. His feelings never changed that he had been mandated by the American people to go in and "keep punching" for them. His success as he felt it, was the common property of millions, not peculiarly his own.
Affectionate by nature, charming and often refreshingly candid he mostly reserved for friends a glimpse of something true and precious...the adore of a boy for learning and growth."

John Garfield was accused of being a communist or a communist supporter and he viewed his American heritage as his greatest possession? What happened to him and his career was so shameful and tragic, really unbelievable!
4 July 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Dennis | @
My personal favorite John Garfield movie is on tomorrow at 930am...The Fallen Sparrow....Garfields performance is just I like the mood and the noir feeling of the movie...seen it as a kid and loved it ever since...then the Postman is on later in the afternnon on Friday...looking forward to tomorrow!!!
28 June 2012 - Hamburg ny

Lori, this is Lu. YOU are so sweet as well. Actually it took an extra day. The tooth bled for almost 24 hours but hopefully it is getting better. It was very uncomfortable having to bite down on the gauze for SO long and not being able to eat just drink plenty of fluids.

Just wanted to let you and everyone else know, Hollywood Canteen is on this Sunday, June 24 but on my computer the time takes its time coming on so I am not too sure.

Whereas in Thank Your Lucky Stars, he doesn't have much, right in the beginning and I missed it because I was recuperating from my tooth being taken out.

In Hollywood Canteen which I finally bought the DVD, I have these movies on VHS but as I mentioned a while ago, even though I bought a new VCR, I can't figure out how to work the VHS part so I am buying DVDs for the DVD part that does work. Hopefully soon I will figure out the VHS part. I am NOT good with technology. Don't have any smart phones, i-phones, etc.

In this movie, in which John Garfield actually plays himself, it shows what a very nice guy he was. God Bless him. EVERYONE ENJOY.
22 June 2012 - Bergen County, NJ

Lori | @
Hi Lu, and everyone. Lu thank you for the kind words, but there are a people “behind the scenes” working on this project and I think maybe I am just the one reporting the progress. Although, I do get frustrated sometimes when thing do move as quickly as I would like, but we are all doing the best we can to get John Garfield the recognition he so justly deserves. (I get frustrated with myself only, because some days I just can’t make the time to work this project.)

That is so funny you writing about visiting the “Wings and Wheels Expo” with your husband. On Memorial day my husband and I went to the “Evergreen Air and Space museum here in Oregon. They have the Spruce Goose on display there, and that plane so big it is unbelievable. They also have a B17 on display and people can get a tour and go inside it. Both my husband and I took the tour and it was so interesting, the guide we had was so knowledgeable about WWII and the B17s. We both learned so much and my husband loves anything associated with WWII. Anyway, on the way home I suggested that we rent the film “Air Force” with John Garfield just so we can see if the film was accurate in its display of the B17s. He agreed and enjoyed watching the film again, this time saying, “Oh yeah, I remember that part of the plane’ and so on. He will never admit to me however that he thinks John Garfield was a great actor. He only says, “he was ok,” but he loves to tease me too. Sometimes, he will come in and catch me watching some John Garfield movie and he will say,” Who is that boring guy?” I always throw something soft and unbreakable at him, and then he laughs and walks off.
Lu we all understand you have other issues going on in your life right now so please don’t apologize about anything. I always enjoy reading your posts and I am so glad you got to purchase the film Air Force. I hope your mouth is all better by the time you read this and your husband continues to improve.
21 June 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Hi, Lori, this is Lu. I just read your posting. You are too much. I'm not saying anything about the others who post here but you seem to be the one that is so serious, if that is the correct word about this whole project. You seem to go above and beyond from all the information I just read. God Bless you and THANK YOU.

I just wanted to say that my husband Jim and I went to Teterboro Airport yesterday for their Wings and Wheels Expo. They naturally had airplanes from World War II. I don't know too much about them but there was a B-17 there. I went with him because he has troubles with his legs and he is SO interested in that and by the way he thanks everyone for their well wishes. And when we went into the hangar where they had World War II memorobilia, I couldn't believe my eyes when in the DVD section they ACTUALLY had a DVD of the movie Air Force with John Garfield's picture on the cover. I couldn't believe it. I wasn't going to buy it because many of the other DVDs were expensive but when I asked the gentleman how much it was, it was only $19.95 so I bought it. They also had 3 pretty women imitating the Andrews Sisters and singing some very nice songs including very patriotic and moving songs.

I am sorry I haven't joined in your discussions including his best movies for a DVD but between taking care of my husband - different medical problems, thank God not serious, our house and me I just started having problems with my mouth and just this week I am having a tooth pulled out because I cannot afford a root-canal, every so often now, even though it doesn't hurt, the nerve of the tooth seems to act up and it can be quite unpleasant to say the least at the moment. I am also taking antibiotics. So please excuse me.
18 June 2012 - Bergen County, NJ

Lori | @
Hello. Lu you are so sweet. Yes, I too wish, “Our Beloved Star” a Happy Father’s Day in Heaven. We know you have your little Katherine and your son David with you now, and we also now how proud you must be of your daughter Julie.
Some more Garfield films have popped up to be aired in June.
Tuesday June 19th at 12:15am PST “He Ran All The Way.”
Thursday June 21st at 03:00am PST “Thank Your Lucky Stars/”
Sunday June 24th at 05:00 am PST “Hollywood Canteen.”
Friday June 29th at 0:6:30am PST “The Fallen Sparrow!”
Also that same day, at 11:45am PST “The Postman Always Rings Twice.”

Now for the real good news, on
Wednesday September 19
6:00AM They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
7:45AM Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
9:15AM John Garfield Story (2003)
10:45AM Flowing Gold (1940)
12:15PM East of the River (1940)
1:45PM Out of the Fog (1941)
3:15PM Dangerously They Live (1941)
4:30PM Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
6:15PM The Breaking Point (1950)
All these times are EST.
Isn’t this wonderful news. I don’t know why TCM picked 9/19/12 as a day to do a tribute to Garfield but I will take it. God I pray we can get a DVD recorder by that date.

I have more news about the petition but I will do save that another day and post. I will share with all of you that Julie Garfield viewed my YouTube video tribute to her father and she wrote to me “This is so lovely’ and thanked me. I was very happy she liked it.
17 June 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Hi, this is Lu. I just wanted to wish our BELOVED STAR, Happy Father's Day in Heaven.

Just wanted to tell people who want to watch Thank Your Lucky Stars which I think Lori mentioned was on the 21st at 6 or 6:15 A.M., as Dennis says he sings a spoof of Blues In The Night which I think is very entertaining that he is on in the very beginning so if you want to see him, you'd better put it on when it first comes on or you will miss him.
15 June 2012 - Bergen County, NJ

Lori | @
Hi everyone.Barbara that is a great idea about taking the petition on the TCM cruise this year. Unfortunately I will not be able attend, unless I hit big on a Powerball ticket.

I do have good news regarding the petition. DeeDee over on the Film Noir Lives Here website has stepped up and taken on the job of promoting the petition on her blog and she has plans to meet with a friend in marketing and another person to determine how they can best promote and get people to add their names to the petition. She is the co-administer on the Film Noir Lives Here website and has lots of connections.I think it was Karen who informed us regarding this website, so THANK YOU Karen!

Just the week I re-watched Four Daughters and He Ran All The Ways. He was so great in Four Daughters, his performance is really ground breaking and it is also heartbreaking because his character Mickey realizes he really doesn’t belong with this WASP type family and their WASP like boyfriends. The scene where everyone is kissing each other under the mistletoe except him is so sad. The expression on his face is so touching, because he shows us he just does fit in or belong there.
It kind of funny because in his first film and last film he is playing the eternal outsider who wants to belong to that “normal loving family” he just doesn’t know how to do it. I love his performance in He Ran All The Way; he is just so remarkable in it.
I also rented Gentleman’s Agreement. Even though he has a supporting role when he is on the screen your eyes watch him. The scene where he almost takes apart that drunk is so great. One of the many things I love about Garfield’s acting is that he was continues with the characters feelings and emotions even after a big scene has occurred. In the drunk scene after he sits down you can see the emotion on his face and his deep breathing has if he is trying to calm himself and deal with what just happened. Something just about anybody would do if they were faced with the same situation. What an amazing and remarkable talent he had.

Thanks, hope you all are doing well.
8 June 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Barbara | @
Hi Dennis, Once in awhile I notice I start typing in someone else's name, I once typed in Karen because I was thinking about her, on the top when I sign into the guestbook, maybe you did the same! I'm re reading the John Garfield bio by Larry Swindell that was written in 1975, it's pretty comprehensive, especially about JG's early years!... Lori, I'm sorry you are having trouble getting signatures after all your hard work. I was thinking if someone was taking the TCM cruise later this year, maybe they could bring the petition. It's always easier to get signatures in person!...Gary Cooper is probably remembered because of "High Noon".
8 June 2012 - New York

Dennis | @
Wonder why Lori's name came up on my comments???..Very strange!!
7 June 2012 - Hamburg NY

Lori | @
Dennis I totally agree, John Garfield's acting was so natural in style, yet intense and sensitive at the same time. I really believe he was ahead of his time as far as his acting talents were concerned. But, why please I asked this question before, why is he so forgotten now? I really still don't understand it. I am sure it has to do with a number of things and not just one reason. However, it is so unfair, because as you said, he could and should stand right next to all the past great actors. He belongs right up there at the top! I have read some of the messages in this guestbook that are years old. I am very impressed with all of you, for your determination in remembering and really appreciating the special talents of as Lu calls him, "Our Beloved Star." We are all going to "stick" to John Garfield. (Stick, I love how they used that word in those old 30's and 40's movies, e.g. They Made Me a Criminal." Yeah, I am going to "stick."
6 June 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Lori | @
You can go back ears on this web site Lori...I have said this for years and I echo your sentiments...John Garfieldis one of this countries best actors ever...and I mean ever..he rivals all the greats including Bogie, Cagney, Tracy and whoever they put up against him...till the day I die..I will always speak my mind about this true acting he said in Castle On The Hudson..."there aint a million guys like me"...and he was so right!!!
5 June 2012 - Dennis

Lori | @
Hi Lu. Thank you for your support and kind words. I checked my petition last night and I only have 96 signatures. I can’t believe it. I really thought that the people on the TCM website would be where I would get the most signatures. No such luck, I maybe got 12 signatures when I posted my petition and it’s website on the TCM’s message boards. My sweet husband tried to cheer me up last night by saying all it might take is one person who sees it and they might spread the word about it, and it could then take off. Well I have till 10/26/12 to get more names, so I will keep trying to promote it anywhere and everywhere I can.

TCM is a great station, and thank God for them, because I don’t know how we would ever have any chance of getting John Garfield that “star recognition.” At least they show his films on occasion. However, it makes me kind of mad when I see someone like Gary Cooper’s daughter her father on those TCM promos. Why don’t they ask Julie Garfield to talk about her father in some promo, especially since a few of his films will be aired this month? Everyone knows who Cooper was but so many people have forgotten about John Garfield, it is his name and films that need the promoting, so people can discover or rediscover him. Then I see TCM advertising those box-sets called TCM Classic Film: Legends and almost every star you can think of has a Legend’s box-set of their films, but NOT John Garfield.
Thanks again, Lu you are very sweet. Again, we can forget that it was Dennis’s idea to get this project going, and really everyone here is so important in helping us reach our goal. So again thank you all and I am so thankful I found this website.
To me the talent he displayed in the films he left us was so unique and impressive that it a real shame that he so forgotten by so many. He deserves the same star recognition that Cagney, Bogart and others have, period. It is a non-debatable fact as far as I am concerned.

5 June 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Hi Lori, this is Lu. I just read your posting. I am not saying anything against the others who are working on this project but you are WONDERFUL. Thank you for ALL your work.
5 June 2012 - Bergen County, NJ

Lori | @
June is going to be a good month for us, 4 films of Garfield's are scheduled to air. Here are the details.
June 12th at 1:30pm "Four Daughters" I have to quote the NY Times review of the film in 1938. The complete review of the film is on TCM. NY Times in 1938 stated in part; "Mickey Borden as portrayed by John (formerly Jules) Garfield, who bites off his lines with a delivery so eloquent that we still aren't sure whether it is the dialogue or Mr. Garfield who is so bitterly brilliant. Our vote, though is for Mr. Garfield." Our first on screen rebel was born with his performance.

Then on the same date at 3pm Daughters Courageous.
June 19th at 3:15am He Ran All The Way. Such a shame that TCM is airing his last film at such a hour! His acting is so perfect in this film, it is one of my favorites.
June 21st at 6am Thank Your Lucky Stars.

I am still going onto the TCM message boards and I am keeping his name alive there the best I can. I bring in his name whenever it is appropriate for the subject being discussed. Most of the “regular” posters on the TCM boards know me by now and know that I am a huge supporter and fan of John Garfield. In fact one subject came up regarding which stars are due to have a bio picture of their lives made. One person who knows I am a fan of Garfield, wrote in about 5 different actors, then at the end he wrote “John Garfield” this is for you Lori. Garfield does have his fans and supporters on TCM, but sadly it is nothing compared to other stars like Joel McCrea or James Cagney. I will keep on reminding people on TCM of Garfield, but I am also careful not to over do it with his name. I don’t want people on those message boards to start saying to themselves, “OMG, if she mentions John Garfield one more time, I am going to throw-up!” Just kidding, that won’t happen, many people there know who he was, they just tend to forget about him, but I am doing my best to make sure they don’t forget.

3 June 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Barbara | @
You really are unbelievable Lori, what passion. I absolutely love your tribute, and the music is wonderful. I was so happy to see so many youtubes of John Garfield, I wouldn't know the first thing about putting something like that together, so thank you!....Dennis, right again, my quote was from Force of Evil, when JG is in the bedroom and Marie Windsor is trying to put the make on him......I have to agree with John Garfield, Between 2 World's is one of my least favorite of all his movies. I just found it to be such a depressing movie!...Karen, I didn't forget about you, I believe I have your address from the time you sent me a little book. I will be sending you a dvd shortly!
31 May 2012 - New York

Lori | @
Thank you Lu for your kind words, but Dennis, Karen and Barbara are working hard too. So THANK YOU to all of them too!
Even though my petition is kind of at a stand still, I am not giving up on it. It can stay active on the site till 10/26/12.
Like I said, I just can't let that petition regarding John Garfield just sit there and die. I also thought that even if WB does come through with his box-set before the petition is sent to them, I could send the petition to Julie Garfield, maybe through one of you New Yorkers. I just thought she might want to read and keep all the nice, loving and supportive comments people have written about her Daddy.
Thanks again Lu.
30 May 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Hi, Lori, this is Lu. After reading you last postings, I just had to write this and say THANK YOU for EVERYTHING you are doing (a lot of hard work). I am quite impressed. As Barbara or Karen, I think stated, you have such a passion for getting our beloved star rediscovered (recognized). Thanks again for everything.
30 May 2012 - Bergen County, NJ

Lori | @
SORRY. This is part two of my message.
I go on YouTube a lot, and last week John Garfield had his own subscription! Yeah! I think this means that enough people have “hit” on videos relating to him, that no you can subscribe to his channel so to speak. There are lots of tributes to Garfield on YouTube, so I thought I would do one myself. It took me a couple of weeks, but it is uploaded now. The name of the video is John Garfield My Humble Tribute. Please go on to YouTube, watch it and let me know your thoughts.
I also uploaded on the Film Noir Lives Here website and Barbara has seen it there. I am going to copy the link to both Dennis / Karen’s facebook pages tonight. Please let me know your thoughts. I also put the link on Julie’s facebook page but I haven’t gotten a response from her yet.
Oh well, I am doing my best to promote John Garfield name, and who he was.

Thanks, and hope you all are doing well.
30 May 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

Lori | @
Hi everyone. Hey Dennis you haven’t said what Garfield film was your last quote was from. The line was, "there aint a million guys like me.” I said Castle on the Hudson.
Barbara, I have no idea what Garfield movie the line you wrote is from. Let us know ok?
I rented again, The Fallen Sparrow, Between Two Worlds, and finally go to see The Sea Wolf.
I really love The Fallen Sparrow, it is such a good 40’s film noir type of a film, and Garfield is just outstanding in it. Did you know James Cagney turned down the role of “Kit” then Cary Grant said no, then Randolph Scott said no, so they offered it to Garfield. Thank God he said yes, because I can't see any other actor doing as good as a job as he did. I really like Between Two Worlds also. I read that I think this was his least favorite role. I thought he did a job as usual, and at the end where he says, “I’m not worth it” I found I had tears in my eyes. The Sea Wolf was very good, all the actors were great. And Garfield was very good and convincing in his role.I found this quote from Edward G. Robinson on John Garfield “John Garfield was one of the best young actors I ever encountered, but his passions about the world were so intense that I feared any day he would have a heart attack. It was not long before he did."

I have not heard from Robert Osborne (oh well), so now I will try Ben @ TCM. Kim Morgan did get back to me, and she stated she would sign my petition. I am continuing to promote the petition. It is not that I don’t believe Julie Garfield, I do of course. It is that I don’t trust WB. I read sometime ago that WB planned to release a Garfield box-set in 2010, but something happened and the plans fell through. Also, something in me wouldn’t let that petition just stay there and die.

Thanks, and hope you all are doing well.
30 May 2012 - Damascus, Oregon

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