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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.