Out of the Fog (1941)

85 mins | Drama | 14 June 1941

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HISTORY

The film's working titles were Gentle People and Danger Harbor . In the Irwin Shaw play, the two main characters actually murder "Goff" and remain unapprehended. Before Warner Bros. purchased the Shaw play, both Columbia and Paramount expressed interest in making a film of the play. In a letter dated 12 Jan 1939 from MPPA head Joseph I. Breen to Columbia Pictures production head Harry Cohn included in the MPPA/PCA file on the film, Breen objected to: "1. Sympathy created for murderers. 2. The murderers go unpunished. 3. The courts are ridiculed. 4. Stella's possible illicit relationship with Goff is discussed in detail. 5. Clear portrayal of Jonah as a Jew. 6. Brutality. 7. Leftist political attitude toward capitalism."
       News items in HR add the following information: Lee Katz was made assistant director when Chuck Hansen was promoted to unit manager. Ann Sheridan was originally cast as "Stella;" Louis Hayward was considered for the part of "Harold Goff" and Humphrey Bogart was to have second choice if Hayward turned it down. According to a studio memo reprinted in a modern source, Ida Lupino refused to act with Bogart after his alleged mistreatment of her on the 1941 Warner Bros. film High Sierra (see ... More Less

The film's working titles were Gentle People and Danger Harbor . In the Irwin Shaw play, the two main characters actually murder "Goff" and remain unapprehended. Before Warner Bros. purchased the Shaw play, both Columbia and Paramount expressed interest in making a film of the play. In a letter dated 12 Jan 1939 from MPPA head Joseph I. Breen to Columbia Pictures production head Harry Cohn included in the MPPA/PCA file on the film, Breen objected to: "1. Sympathy created for murderers. 2. The murderers go unpunished. 3. The courts are ridiculed. 4. Stella's possible illicit relationship with Goff is discussed in detail. 5. Clear portrayal of Jonah as a Jew. 6. Brutality. 7. Leftist political attitude toward capitalism."
       News items in HR add the following information: Lee Katz was made assistant director when Chuck Hansen was promoted to unit manager. Ann Sheridan was originally cast as "Stella;" Louis Hayward was considered for the part of "Harold Goff" and Humphrey Bogart was to have second choice if Hayward turned it down. According to a studio memo reprinted in a modern source, Ida Lupino refused to act with Bogart after his alleged mistreatment of her on the 1941 Warner Bros. film High Sierra (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Jun 1941.
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Film Daily
11 Jun 41
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jan 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 41
p. 20.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
31 May 41
p. 147.
New York Times
21 Jun 41
p. 20.
Variety
11 Jun 41
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Gentle People by Irwin Shaw (New York, 5 Jan 1939).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Danger Harbor
The Gentle People
Release Date:
14 June 1941
Production Date:
14 February--mid April 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 June 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10541
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in feet):
9,133
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7091
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Near Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, tailor Jonah Goodwin and short order cook Olaf Johnson find solace after work in fishing from their small boat. The men dream of buying a larger boat that would allow them to leave behind their jobs and responsibilities and fish in the Gulf Stream. Jonah's daughter Stella is engaged to George Watkins, an auctioneer on the pier, but she is tired of George's modest plans for the future. When Harold Goff, a petty gangster, notices her, she is more than willing to drop George in his favor. Unknown to Stella, however, Goff has demanded five dollars a week in "protection" money from Olaf and her father. To ensure that Jonah and Olaf will not turn him in to the police, Goff forces them to sign a paper stating that the money they give to him is in payment of a debt. Later, Goff uses their five dollars to buy perfume for Stella. In order to separate Stella from Goff, Jonah offers to send her on a cruise to Cuba using the money he and Olaf have saved to buy the larger boat. When Goff learns about the money from Stella, he offers to take her to Cuba himself and then demands that Olaf and Jonah give him their savings. Furious, Jonah turns Goff over to the police, but he shows the judge the I.O.U. that the two men signed and the judge dismisses the case. When Stella tells her father that she is going to Cuba with Goff, Jonah and Olaf plot to kill him. They lure Goff on to their boat, planning to knock ... +


Near Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, tailor Jonah Goodwin and short order cook Olaf Johnson find solace after work in fishing from their small boat. The men dream of buying a larger boat that would allow them to leave behind their jobs and responsibilities and fish in the Gulf Stream. Jonah's daughter Stella is engaged to George Watkins, an auctioneer on the pier, but she is tired of George's modest plans for the future. When Harold Goff, a petty gangster, notices her, she is more than willing to drop George in his favor. Unknown to Stella, however, Goff has demanded five dollars a week in "protection" money from Olaf and her father. To ensure that Jonah and Olaf will not turn him in to the police, Goff forces them to sign a paper stating that the money they give to him is in payment of a debt. Later, Goff uses their five dollars to buy perfume for Stella. In order to separate Stella from Goff, Jonah offers to send her on a cruise to Cuba using the money he and Olaf have saved to buy the larger boat. When Goff learns about the money from Stella, he offers to take her to Cuba himself and then demands that Olaf and Jonah give him their savings. Furious, Jonah turns Goff over to the police, but he shows the judge the I.O.U. that the two men signed and the judge dismisses the case. When Stella tells her father that she is going to Cuba with Goff, Jonah and Olaf plot to kill him. They lure Goff on to their boat, planning to knock him unconscious and throw him overboard, but at the last minute, Olaf is unable to attack Goff. Unexpectedly, however, Goff falls overboard and drowns. Later, Jonah finds Goff's wallet in the bottom of the boat with their savings still in it. After Goff's body is found, the police search Jonah and Olaf, looking for the missing wallet. They find nothing, as Jonah has hidden the wallet in the water. After the police leave, Jonah fishes it out of the sea and invites a contrite Stella to accompany him and Olaf on their fishing trip in the Gulf Stream. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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