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Johnny Allegro (1949)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  26 May 1949 (USA)
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Johnny Allegro
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Glenda Chapman
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Morgan Vallin
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Gloria Henry ...
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Harry Antrim ...
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William 'Bill' Phillips ...
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Glenda Chapman: Underestimated Morgan, didn't you? And you know how it irks him to be underestimated.
Johnny Allegro: No wonder. I've known a lot of smart guys, but that's genius.
Morgan Vallin: Then perhaps you've changed your mind about the necessity for carrying a gun.
Johnny Allegro: From now on, call me Robin Hood.
Morgan Vallin: Well, you're hardly the type, but you're responding to treatment.
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Too much to handle
9 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Johnny Allegro has George Raft in the title role as an ex-con trying to go straight. Under an alias he's living life as a hotel florist, but manages to get himself involved with the beautiful Nina Foch and get himself framed for a cop killing.

Foch is slightly married to the epicene George MacReady whom the Feds want to nab real bad. It's not just his elaborate counterfeiting operation that they want to shut down. MacReady is being financed by the Soviet Union and he's got quite a setup in distributing counterfeit and raking off a big bundle from his Soviet handler Ivan Triesault. MacReady and Foch live in fine style on an unknown Caribbean island that the Feds would like to know the location of to bust MacReady and his operation. In the end MacReady proves too much for his Soviet bosses.

Not so with Raft and his contact Will Geer who plays a Treasury agent. Geer in many spots steals the film from the leads with a nice laconic performance, not unlike his Wyatt Earp in Winchester 73.

Johnny Allegro is typical of the action/noir type films that Raft was doing at this point in his career. Soon he'd be working for Poverty Row Lippert films and Johnny Allegro from Columbia's B picture unit looked like Citizen Kane next to their stuff.

Fans of George Raft will be pleased. Especially with that ending borrowed from The Most Dangerous Game.


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