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Johnny Angel(1945)

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  • Gold From Casablanca 1

    • Leonard Thomason
    • 6/29/13

    Johnny Angel is George Raft's second swing at performing as an Adventurer. This film, like Background to Danger, is written to play-up Raft's strengths in the role of a Stoic-Tough-as-Nails Ship Captain, who's bound and determine to clear the name of his late father killed while in command of another Ship on its way from Casablanca with a cargo of Gold Bullion. Hoagy Carmichael, who made a big impression with audiences the year before in Howard Hawks' To Have and Have Not, returns in another memorable character role as a Worldly-Wise Cabby named Celestial O'Brien. Actress Claire Trevor (Key Largo - 1948) steps up her raw sexuality enough to smoke-up the cinema! Lastly, the presence of Character Actors Signe Hasso (Seventh Cross - 1944), Margaret Wycherly (Crossroads - 1942) and Marvin Miller (Dead Reckoning - 1947) all help strengthen George Raft's performance and the film's story.Johnny Angel would have a better status today, if it wasn't for its misleading Gangster Theme Title. The Danish Title 'Gold From Casablanca' would have been a far better marketing handle. The film's plot is well written. All three writers, who contributed to the script, are renowned for their work in Film-Noir: Frank Gruber (The Mask of Dimitrios 1944), Charles G. Booth (The House on 92nd Street 1945) & Steve Fisher (Dead Reckoning 1947). The film's Cinematographer Harry J. Wild is also well-known for his great work in the Film-Noirs Murder, My Sweet (1944) & Macao (1952). JOHNNY ANGEL is a Great 'B' that garnered 'A' returns for RKO Radio Pictures, it should be made available on DVD.

  • Gold From Casablanca

    • Leonard Thomason
    • 4/29/13

    JOHNNY ANGEL (1945) would have a better status today, if it wasn't for its Gangster Theme Title. The Danish Title 'Gold From Casablanca' would have been a far better marketing handle. The film's plot is written well. All three writers, who contributed to the script, are renowned for their work in Film-Noir: Frank Gruber

  • Johnny Angel (1945)

    • James Higgins
    • 3/9/10

    Solid little film, short and to the point with a great pace. One of George Raft's best performances. Claire Trevor, as usual, is great. Hoagy Carmichael does well in a supporting role. Good cinematography and score. Effective lighting. It always held my interest.

  • My Name

    • Sharon
    • 12/27/08

    Until I saw this movie on the great TMC channel...I always thought that my middle name came from a ship...thank goodness I saw this movie...my father took my two older brothers to the movie about two weeks after I was born...when he came home, he informed my mother that they could finally record my full name...he had found the perfect name to fill out the birth certificate. They had my first name...Sharon...and my last name...Smith, but they needed the perfect middle name. So...my middle name is LaRue...the name of a club in New Orleans in this movie. I am so very happy to know that my name came from a club and not a big ol' boat!!Please show this movie again...or get it on the "available" list for home video. I not only want the movie because of my name, but I love the idea of the movie...the good son, out to clear his father's good name.

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