Johnny Apollo (1940)

90 or 93 mins | Drama | 19 April 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Dance with the Devil. According to a pre-production news item in HR, Fox considered borrowing George Raft from Warners to appear in this film. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Darryl Zanuck directed that the father-son slant of the story be developed more and suggested Moroni Olsen for the role of McLaughlin and Ernest Truex for that of Brennan. In 1941, Burgess Meredith, Edward Arnold and Dorothy Lamour starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of this story. ...

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The working title of this film was Dance with the Devil. According to a pre-production news item in HR, Fox considered borrowing George Raft from Warners to appear in this film. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Darryl Zanuck directed that the father-son slant of the story be developed more and suggested Moroni Olsen for the role of McLaughlin and Ernest Truex for that of Brennan. In 1941, Burgess Meredith, Edward Arnold and Dorothy Lamour starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of this story.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Apr 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
16 Apr 1940
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
24 May 1939
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 1939
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 1940
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
16 Apr 1940
p. 5
Motion Picture Herald
3 Feb 1940
p. 37
Motion Picture Herald
20 Apr 1940
pp. 34-35
New York Times
13 Apr 1940
p. 21
Variety
17 Apr 1940
p. 13
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOURCES
SONGS
"Dancing for Nickles and Dimes," music by Lionel Newman, lyrics by Frank Loesser; "This Is the Beginning of the End," words and music by Mack Gordon.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Dance with the Devil
Release Date:
19 April 1940
Premiere Information:
Ossining, NY opening: 15 Mar 1940
Production Date:
began 4 Dec 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
19 April 1940
LP9841
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90 or 93
Length(in feet):
8,403
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5935
SYNOPSIS

After his father, a multimillion-dollar stockbroker, is indicted for embezzlement and sentenced to prison, Bob Cain Jr., feels betrayed and condemns the old man. He then quits college and begins to search for a job. Because of his father's notoriety, however, Bob is denied job after job and is still unemployed one year later. When Mickey Dwyer, a notorious gangster who was sentenced on the same day as his father, is paroled from prison, Bob decides to visit Dwyer's lawyer, Judge Emmett T. Brennan, to see if he can win a parole for his father. While waiting for the attorney, Bob meets "Lucky" Dubarry, Dwyer's girl friend. After Brennan informs Bob that only money can win a parole, Bob assumes the name of Johnny Apollo and joins Dwyer's gang in order to raise enough money to get his father out of jail. Upon learning that his son has become Dwyer's henchman, "Pop" Cain, one of the most beloved inmates in the prison, disowns Bob. Soon after, a reform administration determined to crack down on crime comes into office, and Lucky, who has fallen in love with Bob, convinces Brennan to make a deal with the district attorney: Bob's freedom in return for Dwyer's conviction. Learning of the double-cross, Dwyer murders Brennan, and both he and Bob are sent to jail. After overhearing plans for an escape, Lucky tips Pop to the break and the old man arrives just in time to prevent his son from joining Dwyer. In the ensuing struggle, Dwyer shoots Pop and knocks Bob unconscious, making it look as if Bob shot the old man. Dwyer dies in the escape, ...

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After his father, a multimillion-dollar stockbroker, is indicted for embezzlement and sentenced to prison, Bob Cain Jr., feels betrayed and condemns the old man. He then quits college and begins to search for a job. Because of his father's notoriety, however, Bob is denied job after job and is still unemployed one year later. When Mickey Dwyer, a notorious gangster who was sentenced on the same day as his father, is paroled from prison, Bob decides to visit Dwyer's lawyer, Judge Emmett T. Brennan, to see if he can win a parole for his father. While waiting for the attorney, Bob meets "Lucky" Dubarry, Dwyer's girl friend. After Brennan informs Bob that only money can win a parole, Bob assumes the name of Johnny Apollo and joins Dwyer's gang in order to raise enough money to get his father out of jail. Upon learning that his son has become Dwyer's henchman, "Pop" Cain, one of the most beloved inmates in the prison, disowns Bob. Soon after, a reform administration determined to crack down on crime comes into office, and Lucky, who has fallen in love with Bob, convinces Brennan to make a deal with the district attorney: Bob's freedom in return for Dwyer's conviction. Learning of the double-cross, Dwyer murders Brennan, and both he and Bob are sent to jail. After overhearing plans for an escape, Lucky tips Pop to the break and the old man arrives just in time to prevent his son from joining Dwyer. In the ensuing struggle, Dwyer shoots Pop and knocks Bob unconscious, making it look as if Bob shot the old man. Dwyer dies in the escape, and as Pop lies in critical condition from his wounds, there is talk of sending Bob to the chair. Pop regains consciousness, however, and reconciles with his son. After both men are paroled, father and son start a new life as free men, and Lucky and Bob are united.

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