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Johnny Allegro (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 May 1949 (USA)
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.

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Writers:

Karen DeWolf (screenplay), Guy Endore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Raft ... Johnny Allegro
Nina Foch ... Glenda Chapman
George Macready ... Morgan Vallin
Will Geer ... Schultzy
Gloria Henry ... Addie
Ivan Triesault ... Pelham Vetch
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Pudgy
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Roy
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Storyline

Los Angeles hotel lobby florist Johnny Allegro is a man with a secret: he's a former criminal who escaped from 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 being followed, in danger and needs Johnny's help to escape. Intrigued, Johnny agrees 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. Unfortunately, Johnny is visited in his flower shop by Treasury Agent Schultzy, who tells 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Jump See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Morgan Vallin: Roy doesn't trust you, Johnny.
Johnny Allegro: Roy doesn't?
Morgan Vallin: Perhaps he doesn't like your face.
Johnny Allegro: Maybe I don't like his.
Morgan Vallin: I like this spirit of mutual distrust. It could relieve me of a lot of responsibility. But I don't trust you either. I don't mean to be offensive. It's simply my policy to distrust everyone. To me, suspicion is another word for caution.
Johnny Allegro: Is that all you wanted to discuss with me?
Morgan Vallin: Oh no. No. Sit down, Johnny. I'm a man who enjoys competition. For instance, that scene I interrupted when I came in...
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Soundtracks

Symphony no. 3 in E-flat: Finale
(uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on Morgan Vallin's phonograph
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Ex-gangster ends up being hunted on a remote Caribbean island - great B-Movie.
1 October 2000 | by Wilbur-10See all my reviews

Good crime/gangster film which, as Leonard Maltin notes, has similar elements to 'The Most Dangerous Game' throughout much of its second half.

George Raft plays the title character, a reformed hoodlum, who now runs a florist shop (!!) in a hotel. He encounters a mysterious blonde, of the femme fatale variety, and winds up involved in a counterfeiting operation. Most of the action then takes place on an island off Florida where the womens husband is a tall, blonde master-criminal who enjoys hunting with a bow and arrow.

Everything here is above average and the film comes together in all areas very well. The interplay between Allegro and the evil, sophisticated Morgan Vallin, is similar to many a James Bond film with mutual distrust and respect between the two antagonists.

With good performances all round, a brisk plot and the inventiveness of the storyline, 'Johnny Allegro' is well worth watching for B-movie fans. The director was better known as a cinematographer, and his obvious skills are shown to good effect.


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