The ambitious Stanton "Stan" Carlisle works in a sideshow as carny and assistant of the mentalist Zeena Krumbein, who is married with the alcoholic Pete. The couple had developed a secret ... See full summary »
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
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20th Century Fox held a preview screening of "Johnny Apollo" at the Victoria Theater in Ossining, New York on March 15, 1940 for 34 college newspaper editors as reported by the New York Times on March 16th. Ossining was chosen since prison exteriors for the film were shot at nearby Sing Sing. See more »
Prisoner Tom Dugan:
I steal an empty slot machine and get 10 years, and this guy steals a million and gets 5. Figure that out, will yuh?
That's why you got the 10 - to figure it out.
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(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 See more »
Good Work by Lloyd Nolan, Edward Arnold, and Dorothy Lamour
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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