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« : June 18, 2008, 10:14:33 AM »

Has anyone seen this noir/crime film? It was filmed 60 years ago at a dog track literally five miles from my house ...also near where Scorsese's Ashecliffe was filming a couple months ago, and where Bruce Willis' new movie The Surrogates is filming right now. I have no idea why Taunton is now such a busy place for movies lately.

I just downloaded a good-quality torrent of it Johnny Eager.


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« #1 : August 27, 2013, 05:00:12 AM »

further discussions here:  http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1822.msg145973#msg145973
and here: http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=7645.msg155500#msg155500

« : August 27, 2013, 01:49:27 PM cigar joe »

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« #2 : August 27, 2013, 09:13:15 AM »

I ended up seeing it. Not a big fan. I remember enjoying it a little, but its proven to forgettable ...I don't remember a single detail.

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« #3 : August 27, 2013, 01:23:44 PM »

do you remember Van Heflin's Oscar-winning performance as a literature-quoting alcoholic buddy of Robert Taylor's?

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« #4 : August 27, 2013, 01:46:43 PM »

do you remember Van Heflin's Oscar-winning performance as a literature-quoting alcoholic buddy of Robert Taylor's?
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« #5 : August 27, 2013, 02:35:55 PM »

Van Heflin is good. Robert Taylor, not so much.



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« #6 : November 16, 2019, 10:36:16 PM »

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cigar joe: Johnny Eager (1941) dir by Mervyn LeRoy with Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Van Heflin, and Robert Sterling I sort of caught most of this on TCM while doing some inside outside the house maintenance on the wood stove chimney so I really couldn't put all my attention into watching, I'll probably have to see it again. The jist of it is Taylor an ex-con racketeer working as a legit cab driver while still on parole secretly is still running his outfit using figurehead investors to mask his involvement and his second in command Van Heflin to keep them in line . He needs official permission to open his dog track from Arnold the DA and when he meets Lana Turner he figures out a way to get it, Turner is stunning BTW. Its got just a bit more love triangle than a normal Noir, but Heflin puts in an Oscar winning performance and the end gun battle in the streets is great. Again no rating until I can watch this again with undivided attention.

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=7645.msg155500#msg155500
dave jenkins: Johnny Eager (1941) - 6/10. A district attorney's daughter (Lana Turner) falls for a block of wood (Robert Taylor)  who the D.A. is trying to put in jail. Said block begins by manipulating the daughter to get to her old man, but finally feels love's touch himself at the point of dying. Van Heflin plays a literate lush, the gangster's friend and conscience. Turner is incandescent (but disappears from the middle of the picture), Heflin is very, very good, and Taylor does his usual thing. This works well at the beginning when his character is supposed to be cold and unfeeling, not so well later when he's supposed to grow a heart and start emoting (the glycerin tears don't help). Some good lines, but the interesting premise is squandered on a rather aimless plot.



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« #7 : November 16, 2019, 10:55:54 PM »

Eddie Muller's intro https://youtu.be/3zZJeoyfypI

Eddie Muller's outro https://youtu.be/MpZg5sfE23g


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