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Johnny Eager (1941)

The daughter of a district attorney falls in love with a gangster who her father is trying to have imprisoned.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screen play), James Edward Grant (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Johnny Eager
Lana Turner ... Lisbeth Bard
Edward Arnold ... John Benson Farrell
Van Heflin ... Jeff Hartnett
Robert Sterling ... Jimmy Courtney
Patricia Dane ... Garnet
Glenda Farrell ... Mae Blythe
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Verne
Diana Lewis ... Judy Sanford
Barry Nelson ... Lew Rankin
Charles Dingle ... Marco
Paul Stewart ... Julio
Cy Kendall ... Halligan
Don Costello ... Billiken
Lou Lubin ... Benjy
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Storyline

Ruthless hood Johnny Eager is pretending to his parole officer that he has chucked the rackets and is working as a taxi driver. In fact, he's as deep into crime as he ever was and desperately needs official permission to open his new dog racing track. When he meets up with Lisbeth Bard, the step-daughter of the district attorney, he finds she is not only stunning but a possible way to get his permit. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tote lebt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$651,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Taylor fell in love with Lana Turner on the set of the film and asked divorce to his wife Barbara Stanwyck; although Lana Turner was not in love with him and tried to discourage him to divorce. See more »

Goofs

Johnny Eager is posing as a cab driver and talks to his parole officer about missing the old ways and his fancy clothes, etc. Then several times he changes his cabby jacket and tie only to switch back to his gangster persona. He doesn't change his shoes, pants or the shirts he is wearing that have very fancy cuff links which makes the disguise less plausible. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Hartnett: You keep me around because even Johnny Eager has to have one friend.
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Connections

Featured in Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Melancholy
(1911) (uncredited)
(Also known as "Melancholy Baby" and "My Melancholy Baby")
Music by Ernie Burnett
Played during the opening and closing credits
Played as dance music by the band at Tony Luce's place
Played as background music often
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A good forties gangster film!
6 August 2003 | by Obeah52See all my reviews

Robert Taylor was just great in this film, Van Heflin was great as well. Taylor as a likeable bad guy with class, you can't help but root for him in the end, wishing for a happy ending, but knowing that this likeable gangster will go out in blaze of glory. I wish it were available on a DVD format, they don't make them like this any more!


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