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Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)

US Treasury agent George Morton persuades convicted criminal Johnny Evans to help him destroy a drug smuggling ring in exchange for early parole.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Henry Jordan (story), Robert L. Richards (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Howard Duff ... George Morton
Shelley Winters ... Terry Stewart
Dan Duryea ... Johnny Evans
Tony Curtis ... Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)
John McIntire ... Nick Avery
Joseph Garland Moore Jr. Joseph Garland Moore Jr. ... Sam Harrison (as Gar Moore)
Leif Erickson ... Pringle
Barry Kelley ... William McCandles
Hugh Reilly Hugh Reilly ... Charlie
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... T.H. Benson
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Storyline

In San Francisco, during the 1940s, US Treasury agents interrupt an illicit exchange between a sailor and a drug dealer. During the shootout, the sailor is killed but the drug dealer escapes. Later on,the agents pick up the trail of the fugitive drug dealer but arrive at his apartment too late. The dealer lays dead, permanently silenced by a hired hit-man. The only thing the agents have is an address book found on the dead drug dealer's body. Among the clues there is one that seems to be promising: the address of a shady Canadian trading company based in Vancouver. Treasury agent George Morton decides to visit a convict in Alcatraz and solicit his help in infiltrating the underworld. Morton knows that convincing the imprisoned criminal Johnny Evans to become a stool pigeon for the Feds won't be easy. But Evans is Morton's only hope to infiltrate the underworld and crack the case. Written by nufs68

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Shocking Inside Story of the World's Blackest Racket! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contraband See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

[prologue] In their never-ending task of law enforcement, the officers of the Bureau of Narcotics and the Bureau of Customs of the United States Treasury fight many battles such as the one you are about to see. Their successes are a tribute to their skill, intelligence and courage. To their fearless officers we respectfully dedicate this picture. See more »

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Referenced in Johnny Staccato: An Angry Young Man (1960) See more »

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Johnny Stool Pigeon - brief
29 November 2014 | by user-142-632625See all my reviews

Vintage cars, big fedoras, and black n white film stock do not a Noir make. Generic tale of Feds trying to take down a narcotics racket offers nothing that Noir fans haven't seen in dozens of similar, and better, films. Helmed by Dan Duryea, rather subdued in this one, and Howard Duff, sharp as a bar of soap. One the plus side, this predicts the later Nafta trade era, with locations in Canada, the States and Mexico. Also, a great deal of this is set at a Tucson dude ranch, rather than rain soaked alleys. A young Shelley Winters as good time girl trying to ease away from the game seems the most genuine character in film. Tony Curtis memorable as mute torpedo.


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