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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisbeth Bard
John Benson Farrell
Jeff Hartnett
Jimmy Courtney
Mae Blythe
Mr. Verne
Diana Lewis ...
Judy Sanford
Lew Rankin
Charles Dingle ...
Lou Lubin ...


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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Release Date:

17 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Tote lebt  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


John Benson Farrell: You couldn't stop being a thief any more than a weasel could stop sucking chicken blood.
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Referenced in We Must Have Music (1942) See more »


(1911) (uncredited)
(Also known as "Melancholy Baby" and "My Melancholy Baby")
Music by Ernie Burnett
Played during the opening and closing credits
Played as dance music by the band at Tony Luce's place
Played as background music often
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don't doubt Robert Taylor
2 January 2007 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A parolee masquerades as a cabby while running a dog racing track on the side. As the film opens, he has an interview with his parole officer, and then goes to the track, which is under an injunction from the D. A. who had sent him to prison in the first place and who's step-daughter (Lana Turner) he later falls in love with, enters the exterior of his office, puts on one of his expensive sport coats, and becomes the head of a rather extensive gambling racket. For doubters of Robert Taylor, this could make them believers as he rises well above this fantasy like story that wants to be a tough crime drama but refuses to be gritty enough to sink into a convenient gutter. Nonetheless, Taylor puts a lot of punch into his part, outshining the film's Oscar winner Van Heflin, who plays his heavy drinking philosophizing associate.

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