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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 ...
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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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A gangster by choice, a hero by chance! 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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Quotes

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?
Main Reporter: [Sarcastically] That's why you got the 10 - to figure it out.
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Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

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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Power and Prison
29 August 2012 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Wall Street millionaire Edward Arnold (as Robert Cain Sr.) is indicted for embezzlement and goes directly to jail. Canoeing in his swim trunks, college student son Tyrone Power (as Robert "Bob" Cain Jr.) is shocked and disappointed. He disowns his dad and drops out of school. Now a convict's son, Mr. Power finds himself unable to find honest work. While waiting to see alcoholic lawyer Charley Grapewin (as Emmett T. Brennan), Power meets attractive Dorothy Lamour (as "Lucky" Dubarry) and paroled gangster Lloyd Nolan (as Mickey "The Mick" Dwyer). Power assumes the name "Johnny Apollo" and drifts into a life of crime...

This story is too loosely plotted, but not in a way that makes it difficult to follow...

Helping immensely is that the film is great looking, and directed exceptionally by Henry Hathaway. The black-and-white cinematography is especially noteworthy; photographer Arthur Miller might have received his annual "Academy Award" nomination for this one, if the studio wasn't backing him in "The Blue Bird" (1940). Then Fox' biggest star, Power shows he might have accomplished the same feat at MGM or Warner Bros. Singing and "Dancing for Nickels and Dimes", Ms. Lamour is luscious, especially in a leggy skirt and clinging top. Dependable supporting actors like Mr. Nolan and Mr. Grapewin get juicy parts, too.

******* Johnny Apollo (3/15/40) Henry Hathaway ~ Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour, Lloyd Nolan, Edward Arnold


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