Johnny Eager (1942)


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In this film, Robert Taylor stars as a finagling crook who steps on and over everyone to get to the top. Seeking vengeance on Edward Arnold, the prosecuting attorney who sent him to prison, Taylor sweet-talks his way into a job with Arnold and begins romancing the man's daughter.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Lee Mahin, James Edward Grant
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On DVD: Jun 30, 1993



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as Lisbeth 'Liz' Bard

as Jeff Hartnett

as Farrell

as Rankin

as Halligan

as Billiken

as Benjy

as Matilda Fowler

as Floyd Markham

as Miss Mines

as Joe Agridowski

as Headwaiter

as Hanger-on

as Cupid

as Lt. Allen

as Girls in Verne's Off...

as Frenchman

as Ruffing

as Pawnbroker

as Bus Conductor

as Card Player

as Card Player

as Card Player

as Frenchman

as Card Player

as Traffic Cop
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Eager

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Mervyn LeRoy's picture is more a melodrama than a crime-gangster due to star Robert Taylor and the studio behind it (MGM), but it's worth seeing for Van Heflin's Oscar performance as the cynical alcoholic given to philosophical observations.

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Nothing can save this syrupy crime melodrama from its eagerness to please as a romantic sudser.

Full Review… | December 26, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Johnny Eager


a surprisingly good film with one of the most beautiful screen couples i've seen in lana turner and robert taylor. these two aren't noted for their acting skills but they manage all right, especially taylor playing a dashing but amoral thug. what makes the film work however is the startling performance of van heflin as johnny eager's best friend, an alcoholic intellectual type who is pretty obviously in love with johnny. he's the pivotal character bringing the flat performances of the two leads to life and making eager's redemption in the last act believable. one of the best and most sympathetic portrayals of a gay character in classic hollywood and heflin well deserved his only academy award

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Tough little actioner, Lana never more beautiful. Van Heflin excellent in support. Worthwhile

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


With this film about a gangster in love with a girl out of his league, Robert Taylor showed the world that he was more than just a (VERY) pretty face. He showed his soft romantic side that all the ladies loved, but also pulled a badass out of his hat that satisfied the male audience. Lana Turner did a fine job as his love interest (she'd really show her stuff a few years later in The Postman Always Rings Twice), and Van Heflin won an Oscar as Eager's alcoholic sidekick. A good example of 40's film noir.

Cindy I

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