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Johnny Cool (1963)

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Exiled American gangster Colini sends his protégé-killer Giordano to the USA to eliminate Colini's mob enemies.

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William Asher

Writers:

Joseph Landon, John McPartland (novel)
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Cast

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 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 Czar of International Mobsterism! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mafia Manda Matar See more »

Filming Locations:

Newport Beach, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chrislaw Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Coincidentally, Elizabeth Montgomery (Darien 'Dare' Guiness) and Elisha Cook Jr. (Undertaker) both died on May 18, 1995. See more »

Goofs

When Henry Silva meets Telly Silvas for the first time in his office the camera long shot is panned out so far that we see Silva's two "marks" (black tape) on the rug in front of the desk, where he's supposed to stand next. Silva walks over and steps on both marks before it cuts to the close ups. 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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Oh, so cool
12 May 2002 | by SquirePMSee all my reviews

This is an entrancing film in which you get lost and don't even think

about getting out again until its stunning conclusion. I've been a

Henry Silva fan ever since I saw him in it. And it features Elizabeth

Montgomery in her most enticing roll ever.

The story starts a little rough, and you just have to stick with it for a

while, but it ripens into a headlong thriller and finally cruises to its

wrenching climax. What do you think? Can a guy like this get

away with a relentless series of assaults on such powerful people

forever?

All that said, and still giving it a high rating, this movie is definitely a

1963 film. What passed for heavy action back then has long been

eclipsed. There is somehow almost an innocence to the

slaughter, if that's possible. Henry Silva's character, however, will

always stand up as a smart, remorseless, merciless and

inexorable visitor of revenge. And he's so cool.


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