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Johnny Allegro
     

Johnny Allegro

Director: Ted Tetzlaff, George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready

Cast: Ted Tetzlaff, George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready

 
A reformed gangster, accustomed to a life of danger, finds himself dealing with a new and different threat in this adventure thriller. Johnny Allegro (George Raft) is a former mobster who has gone over to the other side and now works for the U.S. Treasury Department as an undercover agent. Allegro is asked to help get the goods on Morgan Vallin (George MacReady), a

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A reformed gangster, accustomed to a life of danger, finds himself dealing with a new and different threat in this adventure thriller. Johnny Allegro (George Raft) is a former mobster who has gone over to the other side and now works for the U.S. Treasury Department as an undercover agent. Allegro is asked to help get the goods on Morgan Vallin (George MacReady), a polished counterfeiter who is involved in a right-wing plot to bring down the American government by flooding the U.S. economy with bogus currency. Allegro makes his way to the island that's Vallin's base of operations, with Glenda Chapman (Nina Foch) in tow, and he convinces Vallin that he's a fugitive from American justice. Vallin takes Allegro and Glenda in, but he soon discovers Johnny's true identity, and Allegro learns that Vallin has a bizarre hobby -- he likes to hunt, but he feels that humans are a more interesting quarry than animals. Vallin gives his guests a head start, then sets out to capture them, hoping to fell Johnny and Glenda with silver-tipped arrows, while the two agents hope that their associate Schultzy (Will Geer) will arrive in time to save them.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
A thriller directed by Ted Tetzlaff, Johnny Allegro is nowhere near the same director's gripping film noir effort The Window, released that same year. But it does have its virtues, including a nicely idiosyncratic performance by Will Geer in a key supporting role, and Nina Foch in one of her better good bad girl portrayals. And the plot is not a bad one, about a postwar effort by agent provocateurs to use nearly perfect counterfeit money -- which is already making its way into the country in a small way -- to destroy the United States' economy; it even ends with a too-short lift from Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" (to which RKO already had the rights). George Macready makes a suave villain whose articulation and cool reserve mask a dangerously sadistic streak. What's more, in the context of the time in which it was made, one can tell that he is not "one of us" by his fixation on fine food, elegant decor, and classical music -- the latter, in particular, hero George Raft declares he has no time to listen to, except to use as help in covering his attempt to sneak aboard a boat to use a radio to contact the authorities. The cultural signals in this script are a bit of a hoot, but one finds similar attributes in pictures such as Big Jim McLain and My Son John, although here the story is driven by a right-wing plot against the country, rather than communist plotters. One can only imagine that this picture, and the presence of the soon-to-be-blacklisted Will Geer slipped past RKO owner Howard Hughes, who was usually allergic to plots and casting of that kind.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2010
UPC:
0043396359765
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
52,827

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Raft Johnny Allegro
Nina Foch Glenda Chapman
George Macready Morgan Vallin
Will Geer Actor
Gloria Henry Addie
Ivan Triesault Pelham Vetch
Harry Antrim Pudgy
William "Bill" Phillips Roy
Walter Rode Grote
Paul E. Burns Gray
Eddie Acuff Maintenance Man
Mary Bear Nurse
Frank Dae Dr. Jaynes
Sol (Saul) Gorss Jeffrey
Chuck Hamilton Actor
Ted Offenbecker Elevator Boy
Joe Palma Actor
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Young Man
Cosmo Sardo Waiter
Fred Sears Desk Clerk
Brick Sullivan Guard
Larry Thompson Operator
Harlan Warde Coast Guard Officer
Tom Browne Henry Detective

Technical Credits
Ted Tetzlaff Director
Irving Berns Makeup
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Karen de Wolf Screenwriter
George Duning Score Composer
Guy Endore Screenwriter
James Edward Grant Screenwriter
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Perry Smith Art Director
Irving Starr Producer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Thoms Editor
Frank A. Tuttle Art Director,Set Decoration/Design

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