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Johnny Cool (1963)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 October 1963 (USA)
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Exiled American gangster Colini sends his protégé-killer Giordano to the USA to eliminate Colini's mob enemies.

Director:

William Asher

Writers:

Joseph Landon, John McPartland (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Silva ... Johnny Cool / Salvatore Giordano
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Darien 'Dare' Guiness
Richard Anderson ... Correspondent
Jim Backus ... Louis Murphy
Joey Bishop ... Holmes - Used Car Salesman
Brad Dexter ... Lennart Crandall
Wanda Hendrix ... Miss Connolly
Hank Henry ... Larry - Bus Driver
Marc Lawrence ... Johnny Colini
John McGiver ... Oscar B. 'Oby' Hinds
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Jerry March
Mort Sahl ... Ben Morrow
Telly Savalas ... Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo
Joan Staley ... Suzy
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Educated
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Storyline

Colini, an exiled American gangster living in Sicily, rescues Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini sends him on a vengeance mission to the United States to assassinate the men who plotted his downfall and enforced exile. Johnny arrives in New York and quickly kills several of the underworld figures on Colini's list. Meanwhile, he picks up Dare Guiness, a wealthy divorcée who becomes his accomplice, and she is severely beaten by the gangsters as a warning against the vendetta. Written by alfiehitchie

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The International Murder Machine They Couldn't Turn Off! See more »


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Trivia

The $65 Johnny pays for the leather briefcase equates to over $561 in 2020. See more »

Goofs

In the second half of the film, after Darien abandons her car in front of the beauty parlor, the police show up. The police later describe it as being a "1961 Ford". It is in fact a 1962 Ford (Galaxie 500 Sunliner). See more »

Quotes

Johnny Colini: While you are here, you'll go through a process of polishing designed to make you "civilised". A little, not too much. On the surface, not inside. When I decide you're ready, you'll do a job for me, a job no other man could do. I want you to go to those who betrayed me, take back what they stole and make them dead. Do that and what is mine, is yours. You will be my son.
Johnny Cool: I am no son of Colini. You disgraced us in America.
Johnny Colini: Hmm, there is a streak of decency in you. You've gotta get rid of that ...
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Connections

Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 15 July 1963 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad Of Johnny Cool
lyrics by Sammy Cahn
music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Fast paced Gangster film with Cameos Galore!
31 December 2003 | by HoohawnaynaySee all my reviews

This is a really cool gangster film featuring a much under-rated Henry Silva (Why Hollywood didn't use him more is beyond me!) playing an Italian mobster. The beggining of this film is a little awkward & slow but give it 15 minutes and it picks up quickly. Enter Elizabeth Montgomery as a bored socialite who wants some some excitement in her life and boy does she get it. Liz even gets slapped around by two guys which gets her turned on because when Henry comes back and finds her she belts out the line "I need you RIGHT NOW!" WOW! Kind of risque for the era. Good locations throughout, including many shots of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles & Las Vegas in the early 60's. Many, many cameos by Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Jim Backus, Mort Sahl. William Asher proved he could direct drama as well as comedy (His forte'). This has no Hollywood ending either. It should be on DVD.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kingdom of Johnny Cool See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Chrislaw Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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