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Behind the Blacklist: The Breaking Point (1950) and Body and Soul (1947)

Double-Feature Screening and Conversation with Alan Rode

Public Programs | Film

Still from the films featured. On the left is a woman and man sitting on board a boat looking out to the left. On the right shows a woman reaching over into the jacket pocket of a man facing her. They are making eye contact.

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Enjoy a double feature of two thrilling noirs featuring Blacklisted Jewish actor and anti-fascist activist John Garfield! In between films, hear from film historian Alan Rode.

Date and Time

Sunday, August 20, 11:00 am

Pricing and Details


  • $20 General
  • $10 Members and Full-Time Students
  • FREE to WGA members with code 99954*

Includes Museum admission
Reservations recommended
*Please present your WGA card at check in.

Plan Your Visit

There will be time to eat between films. Food is available for purchase from Judy’s Counter or Zeidler’s Café.*

You may visit the Museum anytime, 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

*Reservations recommended for Zeidler's Café: (310) 440-4515

About the Program

Enjoy a double feature of two thrilling noirs starring Blacklisted Jewish actor and anti-fascist activist John Garfield! 

While he was never a member of the Communist Party, his wife was. In a brave act of loyalty that effectively ended his career, Garfield testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee saying that he did not know any Communists.


  • 11:00 am—The Breaking Point
    This definitive screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not features one of John Garfield’s finest performances as a hard-luck skipper in what would be his next-to-last film. Directed by Michael Curtiz. (1950, 97 min. No MPAA rating.)
  • 12:45 pm—Conversation and Q&A
    Moderated by film historian, author, and cinema host Alan Rode. Check back for guest speakers.
  • 2:00 pm—Body and Soul
    In this film about the darkness of wild ambition, John Garfield dominates as the charismatic Charley Davis, an up-and-coming boxer who's living large until he teams up with a crooked promoter. Directed by Robert Rossen. (1947, 104 min. No MPAA rating.)

Look out for related artifacts in the exhibition! Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare features a spotlight on Garfield as well as his Body and Soul costar, Canada Lee.

Preview the Films

Watch The Breaking Point trailer

Watch a clip from Body and Soul

Donor Support

Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible by generous support from the following donors:

The Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
Stephanie and Harold Bronson
Lori and Scott Cooper/Pegasus Squire
Billie B. and Steven G. Fischer Foundation
The Keston Family
In Memory of George Litto by Andria Litto
TZ Projects & Friends
Peter and Julie Weil

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