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Frankie and Johnnie (1936)

The story of a woman, Frankie, and the man who has done her wrong, Johnnie.


Chester Erskine, John H. Auer (uncredited)




Cast overview:
Helen Morgan ... Frankie
Chester Morris ... Johnnie Drew
Lilyan Tashman ... Nellie Bly
Florence Reed ... Lou
Walter Kingsford ... Timothy
William Harrigan ... Curley
John Larkin ... Andy
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Lumpy Thornton


The story of a woman, Frankie, and the man who has done her wrong, Johnnie.

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Production was completed in 1934, but the film was not released until 1936, by which time third billed Lilyan Tashman had already been dead for two years. See more »


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This film was filmed for two years....a sure kiss of death!
3 February 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Frankie and Johnnie" is a film that sat on the shelf for two years. This is a VERY bad sign...and it usually means that the studio has zero faith in the movie.

The plot of the film is much like the song "Frankie and Johnnie". It begins with the bar girl with a heart of gold, Frankie, taking pity and helping poor Johnnie. Over time, they become lovers but Frankie doesn't realize that Johnnie is NOT the nice guy he seems to be...and two-times her with her arch enemy, Nellie...with a tragic and predictable finale.

So is it any good? Not especially. The story is a foregone conclusion...and the melodrama is laid on thick. And, most importantly, it's pretty dull stuff.

By the way, the two leading ladies in this film had amazingly short lives. Helen Morgan (Frankie) died at 41 from Cirrhosis and Nellie (Lilyan Tashman) died from cancer at 37! So sad.

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Release Date:

1 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankie i Johnny See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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