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Johnny Apollo (1940)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  19 April 1940 (USA)
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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 ...
Cellmate
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Assistant District Attorney
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Warden (as Selmar Jackson)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Judge
John Hamilton ...
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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19 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dance with the Devil  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Lucky Dubarry: [Indicating her fur coat] See this? That's all that's standing between me and the WPA!
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Soundtracks

This Is the Beginning of the End
(1940)
Written by Mack Gordon
Performed by Dorothy Lamour (uncredited) with Harry Rosenthal (uncredited) at piano
Played as background music often
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Dorothy Lamour Won My Heart
23 October 2002 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

"Johnny Apollo" is a better than average film for 1940, and it's worth watching if for no other reason than a four-minute segment in which sultry Dorothy Lamour, all dark eyes and pouty lips, sings "This Is the Beginning of the End" in a stunning, torchy alto. The song was a 1952 hit for singer Don Cornell, but his version pales beside Lamour's soulful rendition here. Her role as "Lucky" completely trumps her best known role as a foil for Hope & Crosby in the Road pictures. I have a whole new respect for her now as a singer, an artist and a sex symbol.


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