|Out of the Fog (1941)
Run time: Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama
Director: Anatole Litvak
Writers: Robert Rossen, Jerry Wald
Stars: Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Thomas Mitchell
Racketeer (Garfield) falls for the daughter of one of his victims (Ida) in this adaptation of Irwin Shaw’s The Gentle People. The picture benefits from wonderful acting from a top drawer cast and Litvak’s skillful direction.
1. Humphrey Bogart was originally chosen to play Harold Goff. However, Ida Lupino had just finished shooting They Drive by Night (1940) and High Sierra (1941) with Bogart, and they had not gotten along. Lupino protested, and because she’d had a bigger name than Bogart at the time, she got her way, forcing an angry Bogart to shoot off a telegram to Jack L. Warner asking, “When did Ida Lupino start casting films at your studio?”
2. After the courtroom scene, when Jonah and Olaf stop in front of a music hall to exchange a couple of words, the music coming out of the hall is “The Merry Go Round Broke Down”, better known as the theme from Looney Tunes, another Warner Brothers property.
3. For this film, which was based on Irwin Shaw’s play “The Gentle People“, nearly all of the characters’ names were changed from the play.