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Johnny Apollo (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 April 1940 (USA)
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
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Dr. Brown
Harry Rosenthal ...
Piano Player
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District Attorney
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Cellmate
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Assistant District Attorney
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Warden (as Selmar Jackson)
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene with Johnny and his father talking in the bedroom, the photo over Johnny's shoulder of his mother, is a picture of Tyrone Power's mother. 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

Melancholy
(1911) (uncredited)
(Also known as "Melancholy Baby" and "My Melancholy Baby")
Music by Ernie Burnett
Played by an off screen piano when Johnny and Lucky are sitting on the stairs
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Early Film Noir Not Bad, But Has Lots Of Holes
12 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a fairly interesting crime story, the emphasis being more on the story and less on the action. What little action there is takes place at the end of the movie.

Lloyd Nolan plays a low-key gangster and Tyrone Power plays a guy who exhibits good and bad. Dorothy Lamour, Edward Arnold, Charley Grapewin and Lionel Atwill all add to this talented cast. Lamour's tough-talking "dame" character and good cinematography helped this movie be characterized as a very early entry into the film noir genre.

The problem with the movie was the believability of the story. There were too many unanswered questions in here. Why was this person arrested? How and why could this happen, and that? There are lots of holes in here and sometimes they were so prevalent they broke up the continuity of the story.

Okay for one curious look but not worth a purchase, although it's still not available on DVD anyway, and few people buy new VHS tapes anymore.


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