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Johnny Allegro (1949)

Treasury Department officials recruit a florist (Raft) to lead them to a wanted criminal (Macready); but once he gets too close, he finds he's the hunted.

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Los Angeles hotel lobby florist Johnny Allegro is a man with a secret: he's a former criminal who escaped from the Sing Sing prison.However, Johnny went straight and became a legitimate businessman. One day, a high-class, well dressed attractive blonde runs into his arms, in the hotel lobby, and pretends she's his date for the evening. She whispers in his ear that she is followed, in danger and needs Johnny's help to escape. Intrigued, Johnny accepts to play along and help the stunning blonde beauty. They sit in the hotel bar and talk. Her name is Glenda Chapman and she wants to escape the police detective who sits in the lobby shadowing her. Over the following days, Johnny falls for Glenda who lives in the hotel. Unfortunatelly, Johnny is visited, in his flower shop, by Treasury Agent Schultzy who tels Johnny that he knows about Johnny's real identity and that Johnny is an escaped criminal. However, Johnny is not arrested. Instead, the Treasury Agent asks him to assist the government... Written by nufs68

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Johnny's on the spot ... with treasury agents and international mobsters on his trail !

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George Macready's name in "Gilda" (1946) was BALLIN Mundson who used a walking stick with a bayonet inside. In the movie "Johnny Allegro" (1949) his name was Morgan VALLIN who hunted with a bow and arrow. See more »

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Glenda Chapman: Underestimated Morgan, didn't you? And you know how it irks him to be underestimated.
Johnny Allegro: No wonder. I've known a lot of smart guys, but that's genius.
Morgan Vallin: Then perhaps you've changed your mind about the necessity for carrying a gun.
Johnny Allegro: From now on, call me Robin Hood.
Morgan Vallin: Well, you're hardly the type, but you're responding to treatment.
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A Little "Most Dangerous Game" Thrown In
14 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

George Raft is "Johnny Allegro" in this 1949 B movie also starring Nina Foch, Will Geer, and George Macready. Raft plays a florist who is in actuality an escaped prisoner in hiding; he's approached by treasury agent Geer to clear his record by getting cozy with a woman he just met (Foch). Her husband (Macready) is distributing counterfeit (and ripping off his Soviet boss). They live on an island in the Caribbean. While she's trying to get out of town and away from the Feds, Raft kills a police officer to help her. Then he insists that she take him along or he'll be captured. This sets him up with her suspicious husband (McCready).

Not bad; the ending is reminiscent of "The Most Dangerous Game." George Raft couldn't act, but for someone who played gangsters so much, he had a warmth and a smoothness. By 1949, some of his gravitas had gone, but he was still pleasant to watch. When I was growing up, Nina Foch was playing skinny socialites on TV. It's always nice to see her as a young leading woman. Will Geer as the treasury agent is delightful, very laid back.

You might want to see this for the cast.


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