Out of the Fog

Synopsis: In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat. Jonah's daughter is the twenty-one year-old telephone operator Stella Goodwin, who is an ambitious young woman that dreams on leaving her neighborhood. She is the sweetheart of the worker George Watkins, a simple man that dreams on marrying her. When the smalltime gangster Harold Goff arrives in Brooklyn, he extorts money from Jonah and Olaf to "protect" their boat from fire and dates Stella. Jonah tries to convince his daughter that Goff is a racketeer that takes money out of poor ordinary people but she does not care to her father since she sees Goff as her chance to have a comfortable life and visit new places. When she discloses to Goff that her father has savings, Goff demands the money to Jonah. Now the old man is convinced that the only chance to get rid off Goff is to fight back.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Anatole Litvak
Production: Warner Bros.
85 min

I'm glad to meet you, Mr Goff.

- You the chef here?


- Nice, homey little place you got here.

Well, I'm glad you like it. Excuse

me just one minute please.

Jonah .. Jonah.

It's alright. She's gone.

Is there anything I can ..?

Oh, you shouldn't be eating

them shrimp dry like that.

They give you heartburn.

Here, try them with just a little bit

of sauce and just a spray of lemon.

Taste better, don't it?

- Hmm. Much better.

I saw your boat tied up at

the pier. I was admiring it.

Oh well, it ain't much of a boat. Just

an old tub made with wood and spit.

You own the boat?

- I own half the boat.

My friend Jonah Goodwin, he's the

tailor next door. He owns the other half.

You do a lot of fishing, don't you?

- Uhuh. - You like it?

Ask me if I like to breathe.

Ten hours a day I work in this place.

Only the nights when I

go fishing do I feel free.

Then I am a different man.

I live in a different world.

Out there on the bay

with my friend Jonah.

We get peace. We can get away

from things. You see what I mean?

Sure. I see what you mean.

Supposing someone were to come round and

tell you you couldn't go fishing anymore?

Well that's silly. Why should anyone

want to say a thing like that?

Olaf .. aren't you ready yet?

Oh, I'm sorry. I was

talking to my friend.

This is Jonah Goodwin.

He owns the other half of the boat.

This is mister ..

- My name is "Goff".

Mr Goff. He's a nice fellow. He takes a

personal interest in what we're doing.

I'm glad you're both here. I want

to have a little talk with you.

A little business talk regarding

your boat. - Our boat?

You want to talk to us about our boat?

What is there to say about our boat?

I'm ready, Jonah.

Maybe you put it off until another time?

Tomorrow? You see, we're in a hurry now.

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Robert Rossen

Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer whose film career spanned almost three decades. His 1949 film All the King's Men won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, while Rossen was nominated for an Oscar as Best Director. He won the Golden Globe for Best Director and the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. In 1961 he directed The Hustler, which was nominated for nine Oscars and won two. After directing and writing for the stage in New York, Rossen moved to Hollywood in 1937. There he worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. until 1941, and then interrupted his career to serve until 1944 as the chairman of the Hollywood Writers Mobilization, a body to organize writers for the effort in World War II. In 1945 he joined a picket line against Warner Bros. After making one film for Hal Wallis's newly formed production company, Rossen made one for Columbia Pictures, another for Wallis and most of his later films for his own companies, usually in collaboration with Columbia. Rossen was a member of the American Communist Party from 1937 to about 1947, and believed the Party was "dedicated to social causes of the sort that we as poor Jews from New York were interested in."He ended all relations with the Party in 1949. Rossen was twice called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), in 1951 and in 1953. He exercised his Fifth Amendment rights at his first appearance, refusing to state whether he had ever been a Communist. As a result, he found himself blacklisted by Hollywood studios as well as unable to renew his passport. At his second appearance he named 57 people as current or former Communists and his blacklisting ended. In order to repair finances he produced his next film, Mambo, in Italy in 1954. While The Hustler in 1961 was a great success, conflicts on the set of Lilith so disillusioned him that it was his last film. more…

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