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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
Jonathan Hale ...
Dr. Brown
Harry Rosenthal ...
Piano Player
Russell Hicks ...
District Attorney
Fuzzy Knight ...
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Assistant District Attorney
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Warden (as Selmar Jackson)
Charles Trowbridge ...
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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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Dance with the Devil  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 17, 1941 with Dorothy Lamour and Edward Arnold reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Welfare Secretary: Name, please.
Prisoner Tom Dugan: Tom Dugan.
Welfare Secretary: Age?
Prisoner Tom Dugan: I'll be 58 when I get out.
Welfare Secretary: Previous occupation?
Prisoner Tom Dugan: Thief. Don't worry. I'll get me old job back again.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing for Nickels and Dimes
(1940)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Performed by Dorothy Lamour (uncredited) at the Club Paradise
Also danced by chorus girls
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Good but not great
8 March 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Embezzler Edward Arnold goes to prison and son Tyrone Power tries to make it on his own honestly. Doesn't work out well. So Tyrone decides Pop was right and that the only way to make it ahead in the world is by being a crook. So he hooks up with gangster Lloyd Nolan and falls for Nolan's girl Dorothy Lamour. When Arnold finds out what his son is up to, he's none too pleased.

Enjoyable gangster drama with a fine cast. Some have said Power is miscast. I think he's okay for the part. It's not really a gritty movie, despite the plot. Maybe if it had been a tough film noir, I could see the point that Power was wrong for the role. But it's not and he isn't. Edward Arnold is good. I doubt the man ever did a bad acting job in his career. His character is somewhat poorly written and hard to relate to, but it's difficult to dislike him due to Arnold's sympathetic performance. Nice to see Charley Grapewin playing something besides a grizzled old-timer without most of his marbles. Beautiful Dorothy Lamour is always a plus and it's good to see her in a serious role. Lloyd Nolan pretty much steals the movie as the gangster Mickey Dwyer. Lionel Atwill is largely wasted as Arnold's attorney.

The biggest flaw with the movie is that its plot isn't always consistent. Arnold's character is a crook who first treats his son like crap for not being okay with his crookedness. Then later he treats his son like crap for becoming a criminal like Dad. Still, it's an enjoyable movie. The script's got some nice dialogue. Watch for the scene where Power chases, tackles, and beats Marc Lawrence's head against the ground! Yikes!


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