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Johnny Angel (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 December 1945 (Sweden)
When a New Orleans merchant ship captain finds his father's sister ship derelict at sea, he investigates the crew's mysterious disappearance amid rumors of a smuggled gold cargo.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screen play), Frank Gruber (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Johnny Angel
Claire Trevor ... Lilah 'Lily' Gustafson
Signe Hasso ... Paulette Girard
Lowell Gilmore ... Sam Jewell
Hoagy Carmichael ... Celestial O'Brien
Marvin Miller ... George 'Gusty' Gustafson
Margaret Wycherly ... Miss Drumm
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Capt. Angel (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
Mack Gray ... Mack - the Bartender
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Storyline

Johnny Angel sets out to learn who hijacked a gold shipment from his father's ship and killed his father, the captain. He is joined in the search by Paulette, whose own father has been killed by the hijackers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

"The Angel Has a Gun Under His Wing!" See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1945 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitán Ángel See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Memphis Sunday 29 April 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13); it first aired in New York City Monday 30 July 1956 on WOR (Channel 9) and in Los Angeles Tuesday 7 August 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

The glass partition in Celestial's cab keeps appearing and disappearing from shot to shot throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Redhead: Hello Johnny.
Johnny Angel: You've been eating vitamins again.
Redhead: The angel's wearing his halo tonight!
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Connections

Referenced in Choose Me (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Memphis In June
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (as Paul Webster)
Performed by Hoagy Carmichael (vocalist and pianist) (uncredited)
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A very uneven Noir. Raft is miscast, but Hoagy's great.
12 July 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I couldn't really get into this one, mainly because of the casting of George Raft as the hero. I'm not a big fan of Raft at the best of times, but he was usually convincing as a gangster or something similar. In this movie he looks uncomfortable as a more conventional leading man, and I just didn't find his character believable. With another actor, say Bogart or Robert Mitchum, I might have enjoyed 'Johnny Angel' a lot more, but as it is I found it very difficult to get interested in the plot, and my attention kept wandering. However the movie isn't entirely worthless, Hoagy Carmichael gives an entertaining turn as the wonderfully named eccentric cabbie Celestial O'Brien. And yes he sings. watch this movie for Hoagy if nothing else.


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