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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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Complete credited cast:
Johnny O'Clock
Nancy Hobson
Inspector Koch
Nelle Marchettis
Harriet Hobson
Guido Marchettis (as 'S. Thomas Gomez')
John Kellogg ...
Jim Bannon ...
Chuck Blayden
Mabel Paige ...
Slatternly Woman Tenant
Phil Brown ...
Phil, Hotel Clerk


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 »


Crime | Film-Noir | Drama


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Release Date:

23 January 1947 (USA)  »

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| (Encore-Mystery Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Nancy Hobbs: If it's just for laughs, then I want to be in on the joke from the start.
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Written by Walter Donaldson
Played by pianist in casino
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You play very cute, and nasty!
1 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Johnny O'Clock has everything under control. He has a partnership in a thriving casino and all his little peccadilloes are at ease in his world. Then things start to go awry, his partnership with Marchettis comes under severe pressure on account of Mrs Marchettis' dalliance's, and worst of all, the hat check girl he had a soft spot for has wound up dead. Johnny is feeling the heat, from every corner of his world it seems.

With under ten reviews written and barely 200 votes cast on IMDb, I can only assume that Johnny O' Clock is badly under seen. Without knowing the issues of accessibility on TV and DVD, it may just be that this little Noir treasure has slipped thru the net of many a genre observer. Without pushing the boundaries of Noir and its off shoots, Johnny O'Clock, with all the necessary Noir components in place, is a tightly accomplished film that definitely deserves a bigger audience.

The plot, tho very basic in the context of the genre it sits in {thus making it easy enough for the casual viewer to enjoy}, is a series of double {triple} crosses smothered in a delicate hint of aromatic femme fatale. Throw in bent and grizzly bear like coppers, get Robert Rossen to make it his directorial debut, ask Burnett Guffey to photograph it and you got a lovely helping of Noirish stew. All you then ask for is your cast to come up trumps, and they do. Dick Powell plays Johnny O'Clock with the right blend of dapper charm and cool calm toughness, Lee J Cobb {grizzly bear copper}, Thomas Gomez {Pete Marchettis} and John Kellogg {the muscle} all play it tough without over egging the broth. The girls are played by Evelyn Keyes (99 River Street & The Seven Year Itch), Ellen Drew (The Man from Colorado) and the delicious Nina Foch (The Ten Commandments); with Drew showing definite shades of Hayworth at times, only shades mind!.

It's not a dark picture and those hoping for a head scratcher will be sorely disappointed. And I would be a liar if I said that I didn't think the ending needed a more dramatic punch. But I'll be damned if this wasn't a most enjoyable experience, twisty and turny without making the head spin, Johnny O'Clock is well worth your time. Time! Get it? Groan. 7/10

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