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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

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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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19 April 1940 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

Linda Darnell was the original female lead. Alice Faye was also considered by Darryl Zanuck before Dorothy Lamour was borrowed from Paramount in exchange for Don Ameche. See more »

Quotes

Jim McLaughlin: Well, they've never sent a millionaire to prison as long as I can remember.
Robert 'Pop' Cain Sr.: [Angrily] Where have you been for the last couple of years?
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Connections

Featured in Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Face
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Played by an off screen piano when Johnny and Lucky are sitting on the stairs
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Tyrone Power gives another wonderful performance!
9 October 2000 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power puts a sympathetic face on crime in his role as a young man who is drawn into the criminal underworld, after his father is imprisoned for embezzlement. While it does boast exciting action sequences, this film is not just your typical gangster movie: It goes to great lengths to show how a person, like Tyrone Power's character, who is completely disillusioned by his experiences following the discovery of his father's dishonesty, might turn to crime. Tyrone Power gives a sincere and heartfelt performance, which gives an added depth to both his role as Johnny Apollo and to the movie itself. Highly recommended to all Tyrone Power fans and those who enjoy excellent crime dramas.


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