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Johnny Allegro (1949)

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Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Starring:

George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready

Genres:

Film Noir, Action-Adventure, Crime, Drama Classics, Mystery-Suspense, Thriller, US Classics

Origin:

USA

Certificate:

M

Languages:

English

Running Time:

81 min

Johnny Allegro

synopsis


Good crime - gangster film which, as Leonard Maltin notes, has similar elements to 'The Most Dangerous Game' throughout much of its second half.

George Raft plays the title character, a reformed hoodlum, who now runs a florist shop in a hotel. He encounters a mysterious blonde, of the femme fatale variety, and winds up involved in a counterfeiting operation. Most of the action then takes place on an island off Florida where the woman's husband is a tall, blonde master-criminal who enjoys hunting with a bow and arrow.

Everything here is above average and the film comes together in all areas very well. The interplay between Allegro and the evil, sophisticated Morgan Vallin, is similar to many a James Bond film with mutual distrust and respect between the two antagonists.

With good performances all round, a brisk plot and the inventiveness of the storyline, 'Johnny Allegro' is well worth watching for B-movie fans. The director was better known as a cinematographer, and his obvious skills are shown to good effect.

 
 

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