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Johnny Apollo (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 April 1940 (USA)
The son of a jailed Wall Street broker turns to crime to pay for his father's release.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screen play), Rowland Brown (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Bob Cain
Dorothy Lamour ... 'Lucky' Dubarry
Edward Arnold ... Robert Cain Sr.
Lloyd Nolan ... Mickey Dwyer
Charley Grapewin ... Judge Emmett T. Brennan
Lionel Atwill ... Jim McLaughlin
Marc Lawrence ... Bates
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Brown
Harry Rosenthal Harry Rosenthal ... Piano Player
Russell Hicks ... District Attorney
Fuzzy Knight ... Cellmate
Charles Lane ... Assistant District Attorney
Selmer Jackson ... Warden (as Selmar Jackson)
Charles Trowbridge ... Judge
John Hamilton ... Judge
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Storyline

Wall Street broker Robert Cain, Sr., is jailed for embezzling. His college graduate son Bob then turns to crime to raise money for his father's release. As assistant to mobster Mickey Dwyer, then falls for Dwyer's girl Lucky. He winds up in the same prison as his father. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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COMPELLING POWER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance with the Devil See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

20th Century-Fox held a preview screening of the film at the Victoria Theater in Ossining, NY, on March 15, 1940 for 34 college newspaper editors, as reported by the New York Times on March 16. Ossining was chosen since prison exteriors for the film were shot at nearby Sing Sing Penitentiary. See more »

Quotes

Lucky Dubarry: [Indicating her fur coat] See this? That's all that's standing between me and the WPA!
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Connections

Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Kiss
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Performed by Dorothy Lamour with Harry Rosenthal at piano
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Tyrone Power gives another wonderful performance!
9 October 2000 | by jenny-103See all my reviews

Tyrone Power puts a sympathetic face on crime in his role as a young man who is drawn into the criminal underworld, after his father is imprisoned for embezzlement. While it does boast exciting action sequences, this film is not just your typical gangster movie: It goes to great lengths to show how a person, like Tyrone Power's character, who is completely disillusioned by his experiences following the discovery of his father's dishonesty, might turn to crime. Tyrone Power gives a sincere and heartfelt performance, which gives an added depth to both his role as Johnny Apollo and to the movie itself. Highly recommended to all Tyrone Power fans and those who enjoy excellent crime dramas.


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