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Johnny Apollo (1940)

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The son of a jailed Wall Street broker turns to crime to pay for his father's release.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bob Cain
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'Lucky' Dubarry
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Robert Cain Sr.
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Mickey Dwyer
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Judge Emmett T. Brennan
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Jim McLaughlin
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Bates
Jonathan Hale ...
Dr. Brown
Harry Rosenthal ...
Piano Player
Russell Hicks ...
District Attorney
Fuzzy Knight ...
Cellmate
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Assistant District Attorney
Selmer Jackson ...
Warden (as Selmar Jackson)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Judge
John Hamilton ...
Judge
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Storyline

Wall Street broker Robert Cain, Sr., is jailed for embezzling. His college graduate son Bob then turns to crime to raise money for his father's release. As assistant to mobster Mickey Dwyer, then falls for Dwyer's girl Lucky. He winds up in the same prison as his father. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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COMPELLING POWER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

19 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dance with the Devil  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Original title was "Dance with the Devil" and paper with that title was printed before the change. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Pop' Cain Sr.: There are no secrets in jail.
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Connections

Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is the Beginning of the End
(1940)
Written by Mack Gordon
Performed by Dorothy Lamour (uncredited) with Harry Rosenthal (uncredited) at piano
Played as background music often
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Good Work by Lloyd Nolan, Edward Arnold, and Dorothy Lamour
15 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course the plot strains credibility. Many crime pictures of the period do. But it's a nice, enjoyable movie in any case, well directed and expertly acted by Nolan, Arnold, and Lamour. Tyrone Power is classy and handsome but not very exciting in this role, or believable.

The best performance is by Lloyd Nolan, who is lively and charming in the role of a crook who does not flinch from murder. Rather than playing the stereotype gun moll with a heart of gold, Dorothy Lamour shows some real depth in her portrayal of Nolan's girlfriend and ultimately proves she can be tough as well. Plus she sings two good songs.


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