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yup..gonna do a pun.
van Heflin really got me with his eruption of emotion. the man must have been runnin with the devil in order to do it. he gave his friend fair warning about the pretty woman walkin down the street.. but that guy wanted to dance the night away. in the end.. the main character was too hot for the teacher of love.. and made his enemies eat a bullet ..but he died as well.. because.. oh.. he ate one too.
- kevin sellers
Robert Taylor plays the role of a good looking shit heel as if he's born to it, huh? Great performance, that is complimented by that of Van Heflin as the homoerotic, drunken sidekick. Glenda Farrell is also memorable in a brief scene as an old flame of Eager's. And Edward Arnold is good as always when playing an overbearing authority figure. As for Lana Turner, she's not really in the film all that much when you come to think of it. You definitely get the feeling that the main conflicts are between Eager and Heflin and, even more so, Eager and his conscience. So, a great character study that is aided by a breezy, witty screenplay by John Lee Mahin and James Edward Grant (my favorite exchange is Eager's frustrated girlfriend noting that, "You're no Romeo" whereupon Eager snaps back, "And you're no Juliet") and smooth, tight direction, as usual, from Mervyn Le Roy who knows a thing or two about how to entertain while occasionally disturbing. Give it an A minus. (There are some holes in the plot, like how unbelievably stupid Eager's parole officer must be not to notice that he's a gangster rather than a cab driver, when everyone else seems to catch on pretty quick). P.S. Dog tracks are to race tracks like Mansfield is to Monroe.
A good crime drama from MGM. Although the film was heavily publicized for "Taylor 'n Turnerr's" pairing, they are second fiddle's under Heflin's Oscar winning performance as the Best Supporting Actor. The story is thrilling, but also predictable and convoluted. A good thriller that toughened Taylor's image. I give it a 3.5/5.
"Crawling into the stomach of our favorite snake"
- Jeff Boston
This film premiered in LA just two days after Pearl Harbor, and its lead character and Japan shared unconscionable underhanded tactics in their eagerness to climb the mountain of excess. Except for the now funny title, Van Heflin's Oscar movie is serious, with good acting all around and great writing throughout, including the last line spoken by the man who knows Johnny better than Johnny himself (see Bonnie's 2-21-10 post). As always, Edward Arnold is awesome, and Lana quite the head turner.
Este filme é maravilhoso
Um timo filme. Eu adoro o Robert Taylor e neste filme ele est espetacular. Lana Turner est no auge de sua beleza e talento. O roteiro muito bom. Uns dos melhores filmes dos anos 40.
- Bruce Reber
The title of my review doesn't refer to the explosive or TCM's sister network, but the sizzling chemistry between Robert Taylor and Lana Turner (Taylor & Turner or T-N-T) in the great 1942 film noir "Johnny Eager". It's the story of a gangster named Johnny Eager who tries to manipulate a DA (wonderfully played by Edward Arnold) in his favor by seducing the DA's daughter, and then falling in love with her. Van Heflin also gives a best supporting actor Oscar winning performance as Eager's boozing best friend. In my opinion one of the best 40's film noirs, right up there with "The Maltese Falcon", "Double Indemnity", "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "The Blue Dahlia", etc.
The very last scene should be in "The Celluloid Closet"; don't know if it is. Makes you realize that the love story is between the rejected Heflin (and explains his drinking) and Taylor.
This Crime Drama on DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I would enjoy having this movie on DVD. It stars Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, and Van Heflin (who won an Academy Award for best supporting actor).
Saw this for the first time last night; quite a surprise at how good it was. I agree with the other reviewer that it was Van Heflin's best performance--he really stole the show. I loved seeing Taylor as the bad guy for a change. It was also neat to see Van Heflin and Lana Turner so young! The dialogue in this movie was superb; wish I had this on DVD. Hopefully TCM will play this often and I'll be able to record it....
Extremely Entertaining Dialogue
Wish it was playing again, I would like to DVR it.
- Wendy Winkler
Van Heflin gives one of Oscar's best performances. He is brilliant in this movie. In my opinion he steals the picture from Robert Taylor and Lana Turner. That is quite a feat.