Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Johnny O'Clock (1947)





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In this film, a worldly and successful gambler nearly loses it all after he and his crooked partner begin running a financially struggling casino. The trouble begins when a bad cop tries to get the gambler ousted from the deal. Things get really dicey when someone murders the cop's girl.
Classics , Drama
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Columbia Pictures


Thomas Gomez
as Pete Marchettis
Robert Ryan
as Policeman
Lee J. Cobb
as Inspector Koch
Ellen Drew
as Nelle Marchettis
Dick Powell
as Johnny O'Clock
Paul Bradley
as Card Player
Evelyn Keyes
as Nancy Hobson
Bob Perry
as Dealer
Phil Brown
as Hotel Clerk
Jack Smith
as Practical Dealer
Robin Raymond
as Hatcheck Girl
John Kellogg
as Charlie
Nina Foch
as Harriet Hobbs
Brooks Benedict
as Card Player
George Lloyd
as Workman
Matty Fain
as Fleming
Bill Wallace
as Card Player
Al Hill
as Workman
Charles Marsh
as Businessman
Jim Bannon
as Chuck Blayden
Virginia Farmer
as Mrs. Wilson
Jesse Graves
as Redcap
John Berkes
as Waiter
Kit Guard
as Punchy
Jeffrey Sayre
as Card Player
Mabel Paige
as Slatternly Woman
Ralph Volkie
as Dealer
Shimen Ruskin
as Storekeeper
Richard H. Gordon
as Card Player
Carl Saxe
as Detective
Cy Malis
as Dealer
Allen Mathews
as Bodyguard
Raoul Freeman
as Detective
Sammy Shack
as Dealer
Pat Lane
as Onlooker
Charles Mueller
as Bodyguard
Gene Delmont
as Dealer
Billy Stubbs
as Practical Dealer
Fred Beecher
as Practical Dealer
Ralph Freedman
as Practical Dealer
Thomas H. O'Neil
as Practical Dealer
Joe Helper
as Practical Dealer
John Terrano
as Practical Dealer
Edward Margolis
as Practical Dealer
George Zouzaniles
as Practical Dealer
George Alesko
as Practical Dealer
John P. Barrett
as Floorman
Charles Wexler
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Johnny O'Clock

All Critics (1)

The protagonist, Dick Powell, seems more like a stuffed shirt.

Full Review… | January 17, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Johnny O'Clock

Do you mind if I laugh in your face? In an underground gambling casino led by gangsters a woman mysteriously dies leading to her sister coming to the casino and poking around. She falls in love with Johnny O'Clock, the gang leader's muscle. Johnny makes plans to settle down with the girl but he may find getting out of the gang harder than he anticipated. "Come here." "I've been there." Robert Rosen, director of All the Kings Men, The Hustler, The Roaring Twenties, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, and Island in the Sun, delivers Johnny O'Clock. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward but contains interesting characters and an old school murder mystery plot. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Lee Cobb, Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Ellen Drew, and Nina Foch. "If you get in my way, I'll kill you." "You took the words right out of my mouth." I came across this movie on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and thought the plot sounded interesting and decided to DVR this old school picture. The movie was okay and worth following but wasn't an all time great or contained enough unique elements to truly standout in the genre. Overall, this is worth a viewing if nothing else is on. "All you ever think about is yourself." "You and me both." Grade: C+/B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Decent noir with a fine cast but Powell seems disengaged in the lead. He doesn't ruin the picture but it would have been a stronger film with Mitchum or Kirk Douglas in the lead.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Johnny O'Clock (1647) Here's another great, hard-boiled Dick Powell movie with a fine script. He's in good form as gambler, Johnny O'Clock (is that supposed to be an Irish name?). Johnny is partners in a casino with Guido Marchettis (Thomas Gomez) who's beautiful Wife, Nelle (Ellen Drew), still holds a torch for Johnny. The feeling isn't mutual with Johnny, who feels that was over a long time ago. Guido is also being squeezed by "bad cop" Chuck Blayden (Jim Bannon) who is also using & abusing the naive hat check girl, Harriet Hobbs (Nina Foch), who Johnny is trying to protect. Things really go south when Inspector Koch (Lee J. Cobb) finds poor Harriet dead in her apartment of an apparent suicide, but Koch is wise to that. Nina's beautiful Sister, Nancy (Evelyn Keyes) comes into town to pick up her sister's things and find out what really happened, and the sparks fly between her and Johnny. This movie has a nice cameo with Jeff Chandler who plays a visiting gambler named Turk.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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