Complicity in Murder or No?
I note the imDb introductory description of this film states “An otherwise moral man…” Though it’s fairly clear that Morgan is no more than a tad shy of total malcontent and jumps too quickly to the path of least resistance to mop up whatever mess he gets himself into.
Seems to me that Morgan, despite the sad fact of his personal disappointment with not having achieved his dreams of being a wildly successful fisherman, wound up as an accessory to murder. In fact, several murders. Including the entirely innocent Wesley, his shipmate, who had no direct involvement in the crimes being committed.
Perhaps laws were different back then regarding ‘murder during the commission of a crime,’ but all the whimpering at the close didn’t leave me regarding Morgan as any manner of hero.
Pat Neal does a decent job of playing a wannabe Lorelei, but her role, which really added nothing stronger than an excuse for Morgan’s wife to dye her hair, adds precious little value to the story.
Though I’m a long-time Garfield fan, for the reasons cited above, I much prefer the Bogart/Bacall vehicle — To Have and Have Not.
“Your thinking is untidy, like most so-called thinking today.” (Murder, My Sweet)