One of the first actors to have his own production company, Garfield was coming into his own as an actor after getting out of a rather stifling contract with Warner Bros. when the Blacklist hit him. A committed progressive, Garfield was always sympathetic to leftist causes, and though he was said not to be a Communist Party member, he was victimized by his associations. In the end, it is believed that the Committee wanted him to turn in his own wife who was a Party member. He did not cave to the Committee, but the strain was too much for his career, marriage, and heart.
Warner Home Video has promised that there is finally a John Garfield box set (including 6 titles) coming to DVD this year. Hopefully, it will include Pride of the Marines and The Breaking Point, neither of which have ever been available on home video, and which contain what I feel are his best performances. In the meantime many of his most well-known films are already available on DVD. These include Force of Evil, Body and Soul (Oscar Nomination for Best Actor), The Postman Always Rings Twice (a loan-out to MGM), and Humoresque.
Rest in peace, Julie.