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Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 April 1949 (USA)
US Treasury agent George Morton persuades convicted criminal Johnny Evans to help him destroy a drug smuggling ring in exchange for early parole.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Henry Jordan (story), Robert L. Richards (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Howard Duff ... George Morton
Shelley Winters ... Terry Stewart
Dan Duryea ... Johnny Evans
Tony Curtis ... Joey Hyatt (as Anthony Curtis)
John McIntire ... Nick Avery
Gar Moore Gar Moore ... Sam Harrison
Leif Erickson ... Pringle
Barry Kelley ... William McCandles
Hugh Reilly Hugh Reilly ... Charlie
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... T.H. Benson
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In San Francisco, during the 1940s, US Treasury agents interrupt an illicit exchange between a sailor and a drug dealer. During the shootout, the sailor is killed but the drug dealer escapes. Later on,the agents pick up the trail of the fugitive drug dealer but arrive at his apartment too late. The dealer lays dead, permanently silenced by a hired hit-man. The only thing the agents have is an address book found on the dead drug dealer's body. Among the clues there is one that seems to be promising: the address of a shady Canadian trading company based in Vancouver. Treasury agent George Morton decides to visit a convict in Alcatraz and solicit his help in infiltrating the underworld. Morton knows that convincing the imprisoned criminal Johnny Evans to become a stool pigeon for the Feds won't be easy. But Evans is Morton's only hope to infiltrate the underworld and crack the case. Written by nufs68

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A killer and a cop ... with nothing between them ... but hate ... and a DAME ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contraband See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[prologue] In their never-ending task of law enforcement, the officers of the Bureau of Narcotics and the Bureau of Customs of the United States Treasury fight many battles such as the one you are about to see. Their successes are a tribute to their skill, intelligence and courage. To their fearless officers we respectfully dedicate this picture. See more »

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Referenced in Johnny Staccato: An Angry Young Man (1960) See more »

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Enjoyable Minor Noir
19 October 2019 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

Enjoyable minor film noir with a good cast, tough dialog, and interesting locations. Dan Duryea and Tony Curtis (in a non-speaking role) would appear the same year in CRISS CROSS, while John McEntire and Barry Kelley would be in THE ASPHALT JUNGLE the following year. Also in the cast Shelley Winters and Howard Duff.

This is a frequently used plot of a government agent or policeman secretly infiltrating a criminal organization and it works very well with Duff and especially Duryea, playing the leads. Winters is a sympathetic call-girl and McEntire is great as a duplicitous character. The day-for-night locations in Mexico (or a stand-in for it) are dramatically shot with overhanging clouds and trees that seem to glow in the shadows. William Castle directs and he's at his best. Not a major noir by any means, but a fine film that deserves to be restored.


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