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Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  23 January 1947 (USA)
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High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

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Cast

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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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Storyline

High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

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Johnny was smart...too smart to tangle with women! (all uppercase on poster) See more »


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23 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Hora Decisiva  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Pete Marchettis: You're whistling through your teeth.
Johnny O'Clock: So let him whistle.
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Soundtracks

Little White Lies
Written by Walter Donaldson
Played by pianist in casino
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An entertaining piece of noir fluff--great cast, clothes and dialog.
29 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This glamorous post-war crime story has a protagonist who carefully walks that fine line between cops and crooks. In fact--that seems to be almost a requirement in the best noir flicks. Dick Powell is Johnny O'Clock, a smooth operator with an eye for getting himself the best of whatever's going around. Is he selfish down to the core, or is there a lingering speck of humanity in there somewhere? O'Clock is a partner in a swank gambling house, and when the hat-check girl is found murdered, he gets involved with crooked cops and more crooked criminals. A great supporting cast and nice 'behind the scenes at the casino' feel add to the fun. Powell played a similar role in Murder My Sweet, but his Phillip Marlowe was more the wise-cracking smart-Alec, while Johnny O'Clock is decidedly more shady. A real treat.


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