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Johnny Angel (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 December 1945 (Sweden)
When a New Orleans merchant ship captain finds his father's sister ship derelict at sea, he investigates the crew's mysterious disappearance amid rumors of a smuggled gold cargo.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screen play), Frank Gruber (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Johnny Angel
Claire Trevor ... Lilah 'Lily' Gustafson
Signe Hasso ... Paulette Girard
Lowell Gilmore ... Sam Jewell
Hoagy Carmichael ... Celestial O'Brien
Marvin Miller ... George 'Gusty' Gustafson
Margaret Wycherly ... Miss Drumm
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Capt. Angel (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
Mack Gray ... Mack - the Bartender
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Storyline

Johnny Angel sets out to learn who hijacked a gold shipment from his father's ship and killed his father, the captain. He is joined in the search by Paulette, whose own father has been killed by the hijackers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A NEW ORLEANS WOMAN! Soft, evil, alluring...can make some guy crazy enough to kill for HER. That's the kind of woman Captain Angel in searching for...in the "Quarter" of New Orleans! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitán Ángel See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Memphis Sunday 29 April 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13); it first aired in New York City Monday 30 July 1956 on WOR (Channel 9) and in Los Angeles Tuesday 7 August 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

As George Raft and Signe Hasso begin walking through the shadows toward and onto the covered bridge, one of the first shadows is the shadow outline of the cameraman on the lift basket as he films from above. See more »

Quotes

Lilah 'Lily' Gustafson: Say you love me, darling.
Johnny Angel: You love me darling.
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Connections

Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Memphis In June
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (as Paul Webster)
Performed by Hoagy Carmichael (vocalist and pianist) (uncredited)
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The mysterious French lady in a green raincoat
5 November 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

Despite its lackluster title, based on a book with an equally unexciting name, "Mr. Angel Comes Aboard," "Johnny Angel" stands out for its dazzling camera-work by Harry J. Wild--too bad it wasn't shot on location in New Orleans, but "The Naked City" was still three years away to popularize filming in the streets of big towns--and for the well-written noir script. The acting is sufficient for the story being told with Claire Trevor as Lilah (as in Delilah) Gustafson making an alluring femme fatale. And who can best Margaret Wycherly as a domineering mother (in this case a domineering nanny)?-with shades of Ma Jarrett already visible. The music by the multi-talented Hoagy Carmichael is added spice, but why "Memphis in June" when the film is about New Orleans?

The story is a good one with the elements of mystery and suspense handled just right by director Edwin L. Marin so that too much is not revealed too soon. Seaman Johnny Angel discovers his father's ship deserted with signs of fowl play aplenty. In his mind he knows his father is dead, but why? A mysterious French lady in a green raincoat (Signe Hasso)was seen leaving the ship once it was towed in to harbor at New Orleans. Angel must find this vanishing woman to unlock the door to the enigma and to uncover the ones responsible for the dastardly deed. He works for George 'Gusty' Gustafson, portrayed as a nefarious milksop by Marvin Miller, later of TV's "The Millionaire" fame.

Gusty who owns and operates the Gustafson Shipping Company is preoccupied with satisfying his demanding wife, Lilah, no easy task, who also has the hots for Angel. Lilah was a former entertainer at the popular hang-out, "The Jewel Box." When one of the girls at the club states, "I wish I could sing like she could." The bartender replies, "Who said she could sing?"


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