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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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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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Jolting, Dynamic DRAMA! 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

20th Century-Fox held a preview screening of the film at the Victoria Theater in Ossining, NY, on March 15, 1940 for 34 college newspaper editors, as reported by the New York Times on March 16. Ossining was chosen since prison exteriors for the film were shot at nearby Sing Sing Penitentiary. 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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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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Ever see a film where the supporting actors should be billed ahead of the leading ones?
18 April 2011 | by (Maplewood, NJ) – See all my reviews

Despite being billed below Tyrone Power and Dorothy Lamour, the best performer in this film is Hall of Fame character actor Edward Arnold ("Meet John Doe," "Mr Smith Goes to Washington," etc). While his performance here does not exceed his marvelous role in "Doe," he is clearly the best actor on the set, followed by fellow Hall of Famer Lloyd Nolan. This film is an excellent example of the value of solid secondary performers. Pretty boy and girl Power and Lamour may have sold the movie tickets here, but Arnold and Nolan supplied the acting.

Also of significant note here is Frank Loesser's tune "Dancing for Nickels and Dimes," sang, played, and danced superbly by Lamour, chorus, and orchestra in a night club scene which is also brilliantly shot by film Director Hathaway.


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