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Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 April 1947 (Mexico)
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High-class crook gets in trouble with the law.

Director:

Robert Rossen

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screen play), Milton Holmes (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Johnny O'Clock
Evelyn Keyes ... Nancy Hobson
Lee J. Cobb ... Inspector Koch
Ellen Drew ... Nelle Marchettis
Nina Foch ... Harriet Hobson
Thomas Gomez ... Guido Marchettis (as 'S. Thomas Gomez')
John Kellogg ... Charlie
Jim Bannon ... Chuck Blayden
Mabel Paige ... Slatternly Woman Tenant
Phil Brown ... Phil, Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

New York gambling house operator Johnny O'Clock is junior partner in a posh casino with Guido Marchettis and Chuck Blayden, a crooked cop. But Blayden is trying to cut into the casino's profits and warns Johnny not to interfere with his intention of becoming Marchettis' full partner. Blayden ends his relationship with coat check girl Harriet Hobson, then disappears. Later, Harriet is found dead in her apartment, apparently from suicide. Police Inspector Koch begins an investigation.He questions Johnny, Harriet's sister Nancy, who is infatuated with Johnny, and Johnny's associate, Charlie. When Blayden's body turns up in a nearby river, and when it is learned that Harriet death wasn't suicide but murder by poison, Johnny and Marchettis become prime suspects in both cases.To make matters worse, Pete Marchettis discovers that his wife Nelle is having an affair with Johnny. Out of jealousy, he sends hired gunmen to kill Johnny in a drive-by shooting while Johnny is driving Nancy to the ... Written by nufs68

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Time Was Running Out For Johnny O'Clock ... and so were his women! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

La ultima hora See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First film of producer Ed Nealis and celebrity lawyer Jerry Gielser. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Hobbs: What do I do now, Johnny?
Johnny O'Clock: Dry your eyes and blow your nose in the order named.
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Connections

Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

I Never Knew (That Roses Grew)
(uncredited)
Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
[Published 1925. Played as recurring background theme]
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An entertaining piece of noir fluff--great cast, clothes and dialog.
29 December 2004 | by acedoaceSee all my reviews

This glamorous post-war crime story has a protagonist who carefully walks that fine line between cops and crooks. In fact--that seems to be almost a requirement in the best noir flicks. Dick Powell is Johnny O'Clock, a smooth operator with an eye for getting himself the best of whatever's going around. Is he selfish down to the core, or is there a lingering speck of humanity in there somewhere? O'Clock is a partner in a swank gambling house, and when the hat-check girl is found murdered, he gets involved with crooked cops and more crooked criminals. A great supporting cast and nice 'behind the scenes at the casino' feel add to the fun. Powell played a similar role in Murder My Sweet, but his Phillip Marlowe was more the wise-cracking smart-Alec, while Johnny O'Clock is decidedly more shady. A real treat.


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