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Johnny Eager (1941)

District Attorney's daughter falls in love with a gangster the D.A. is trying to put in jail.

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Jimmy Courtney
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Mae Blythe
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Mr. Verne
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Lew Rankin
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Benjy
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Ruthless hood Johnny Eager is pretending to his parole officer that he has chucked the rackets and is now a full-time taxi driver. In fact, he's as deep in as he ever was and desperately needs official permission to open his new dog track. When he meets up with Lisbeth Bard, he finds he not only has a stunning new girlfriend but a possible way to get his permit. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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17 January 1942 (USA)  »

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Der Tote lebt  »

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In one of the bedrooms in Johnny's apartment at the track is a large painting, done in the art deco style, of a reclining blonde woman. Coincidentally, this same painting is featured briefly but prominently in Eyes in the Night (1942), released the same year and also starring Edward Arnold, referred to in that film by Marty as "a blonde tomato." See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Johnny is asking Benjy about the cop that won't let him put in slot machines, Benjy hands him a note with the cop's badge number (#711) on it which he unfolds before handing to Johnny. Then we see Johnny unfolding it again. See more »

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Johnny Eager: She's shakin' like a dice box.
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Featured in Watch the Birdie (1950) See more »

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Melancholy
(1911) (uncredited)
(Also known as "Melancholy Baby" and "My Melancholy Baby")
Music by Ernie Burnett
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Played as dance music by the band at Tony Luce's place
Played as background music often
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Learning the Meaning of Love
25 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

The gangster Johnny Eager (Robert Taylor) has a scheme to pose of taxi driver to his parole officer Mr. Verne (Henry O'Neill). However he is unsuccessfully trying to get the license to open a dog racing track. Johnny is a ruthless and handsome man and his only friend and partner is the alcoholic Jeff Hartnett (Van Heflin). When Mr. Verne visits Johnny at home, he brings the social assistant Lisbeth Bard (Lana Turner), who is the daughter of the District Attorney John Benson Farrell (Edward Arnold) that is Johnny's greatest enemy and responsible for sending him to the prison. Johnny seduces Lisbeth that falls in love with him. But Johnny is a heartless man and lures Lisbeth making her believe that she killed a man to protect Johnny. Then he blackmails Farrell to get his permit to open his dog track. Meanwhile Lisbeth is deeply affected by her love for Johnny and for the death of a man. When her former boyfriend Jimmy Courtney (Robert Sterling) offers all his money to Johnny to leave the country with Lisbeth, he has difficulties to understand Jimmy's attitude. But when he visits Lisbeth, he begins to understand the meaning of love and sacrifice. What will Johnny do?

"Johnny Eager" is a great film-noir, with the story of a selfish cold- blooded gangster that learns the meaning of love. Robert Taylor is perfect in the role of a notorious and manipulative gangster and Van Heflin has magnificent performance in the role of his only friend. The twenty-year old Lana Turner is amazingly beautiful. The story and the screenplay are excellent with top-notch direction of Mervyn LeRoy. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Estrada Proibida" ("Forbidden Road")


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