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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 Was the Cause of It All! 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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Underrated Noir Effort;; Moody, Intelligent and Exciting Start to Finish
14 July 2005 | by silverscreen888See all my reviews

Almost everyone says the same thing about this very-well-done noir mystery. they wish someone other than George Raftrhad performed the part. He played the son of a sea captain., When his father's ship drifts into port with no one aboard, he does not accept that his father had absconded or committed a crime; he goes into action trying to find out what really happened, stay alive, and clear his father's name. Of course the company's owners deny any knowledge of what had happened. So Raft has to end up romancing one of their women and enlisting the reluctant help of a frightened girl who knows more than she is telling before he can ferret out the murderers, who were robbers on a grand scale as well. Frank Gruber and Steve Fisher were responsible for this taut and fast-moving screenplay; the film was directed in B/W by Edward L. Marion, and he deserves most of the credit for the excellence it achieves in many departments. He is helped bu the cinematography of Harry J. Wild, art direction by veterans Albert S. d'Agostino and Jack Okey, the fine set decorations by Darrell Silvera and William Stevens, costume designs by Reni and Leigh Harline's jazz film score counterpointed by Paul Francis Webster's songs and Hoagy Carmichael's prior compositions used in the film. In the very good cast, the viewer should note besides Raft, who as some reviewers have noted, tends not to have nuances but does well as a one-note line reader, Marvin Miller, Margaret Wycherly, Signe Hasso, Hoagy Carmichael as a cabdriver named Celestial O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Lowell Gilmore, J. Farrel MacDonald and Mack Gray. Much of the movie was shot in low light, or simulated night, or fog or cramped quarters. This makes Marin's directing achievement all the more impressive. The pace works like a stopwatch; and the relationships between strong characters is carried out well in dialogue, in actions and in interactions of a peaceable or a violent sort. With a great lead, the film would be a classic; but Trevor and Hasso are very good indeed and Miller has an interesting character to play for once. Catch this one.


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