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Johnny O'Clock (1947)

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High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

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Johnny O'Clock
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Nancy Hobson
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Inspector Koch
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Nelle Marchettis
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Harriet Hobson
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Guido Marchettis (as 'S. Thomas Gomez')
John Kellogg ...
Charlie
Jim Bannon ...
Chuck Blayden
Mabel Paige ...
Slatternly Woman Tenant
Phil Brown ...
Phil, Hotel Clerk
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High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

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Time Was Running Out For Johnny O'Clock ... and so were his women! See more »


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23 January 1947 (USA)  »

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A Hora Decisiva  »

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On 12 May 1947, the "Lux Radio Theater" presented a radio version of this story. Dick Powell and Lee J. Cobb reprised their roles for the live radio broadcast. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Koch: You know, any evidence obtained through 'third degree' methods is inadmissable in court.
Johnny O'Clock: I'm relieved you know how to read.
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Little White Lies
Written by Walter Donaldson
Played by pianist in casino
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Minor noir has all the right elements and yet...
23 September 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

One gets the impression from watching JOHNNY O'CLOCK that the whole idea of the film is to give DICK POWELL a tough screen presence--the kind that suited Alan Ladd in his early films. He's a cool man surrounded by a bunch of surly characters out to get him. He's good with a punch and a punch line, but all the while he leaves you feeling this story is too slow-paced and a bit rambling to become a tight thriller such as MURDER, MY SWEET.

Everyone in the cast does their job nimbly, with LEE J. COBB chewing away at this cigar to make sure he steals every other scene, and ELLEN DREW and EVELYN KEYES doing well in contrasting femme leads. The sets have a noir look with excellent B&W photography, but the trouble is the script which is not compelling enough to draw a viewer into the story about a murdered hatcheck girl (NINA FOCH) and the search for her killer.

All the elements of film noir are there but Robert Rossen's direction cannot tie them together with a tight enough grip. Nevertheless, worth a watch if you're a fan of this genre.


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