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Johnny O'Clock (1947)

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High-class gambler 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 gambler 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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| (Encore-Mystery Library Print)

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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

Chuck Blayden: You get in my way and I'll kill you.
Johnny O'Clock: You took the words right out of my mouth.
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Little White Lies
Written by Walter Donaldson
Played by pianist in casino
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Despite best efforts, Powell, Keyes & Cobb can't quite salvage warmed-over noir
25 September 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

As much as more touted actors such as Bogart and Mitchum, Dick Powell helped form the noir cycle, with his assumption -- the first on film -- of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet. He went on to star in such dark and definitive works as The Pitfall and Conflict (not to mention such lesser offerings as Cry Danger and To The Ends Of The Earth). Here, as title character and mid-level gambler/gangster Johnny O'Clock, he sports the thick shell and sub-zero emotional temperature of the noir protagonist, a type he helped to patent. But given a muddled script with noirish shots, situations and symbols thrown in willy-nilly, he fails to convince. Evelyn Keyes, as the sister of a murdered hat-check girl, has (as always) her moments, as does Ellen Drew, as the soused trophy-wife of big mobster Thomas Gomez. Lee J. Cobb puffs his cigar endlesslly, trying to enforce the law. Johnny O'Clock is not quite a bad movie but it's less memorable than many worse-made movies in the cycle. There's just nothing particularly distinctive about it. You feel you've watched it before, at least in bits and pieces, even though chances are (it remains relatively obscure) you haven't.


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