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Johnny O'Clock

Johnny O'Clock(1947)

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This was the first film of producer Ed Nealis and well-known celebrity lawyer Jerry Gielser. The film also marked Robert Rossen's directorial debut, and the screen debut of actor Jeff Chandler. Film editor Warren Low was borrowed from Hal Wallis Productions, actor Lee J. Cobb was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox and actor S. Thomas Gomez was borrowed from Universal. According to articles in Columbia News, at the time of production, the film's casino set was the most expensive set constructed in Hollywood since the lifting of wartime restrictions on such expenditures. The set consisted of fourteen gambling rooms filled with $50,000 worth of gambling equipment that was shipped to Hollywood from Las Vegas. Dick Powell reprised his role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on May 12, 1947, co-starring Marguerite Chapman.