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Johnny Cool (1963)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 October 1963 (USA)
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Exiled American gangster Colini sends his protégé-killer Giordano to the USA to eliminate Colini's mob enemies.

Director:

William Asher

Writers:

Joseph Landon, John McPartland (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Silva ... Johnny Cool / Salvatore Giordano
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Darien 'Dare' Guiness
Richard Anderson ... Correspondent
Jim Backus ... Louis Murphy
Joey Bishop ... Holmes - Used Car Salesman
Brad Dexter ... Lennart Crandall
Wanda Hendrix ... Miss Connolly
Hank Henry ... Larry - Bus Driver
Marc Lawrence ... Johnny Colini
John McGiver ... Oscar B. 'Oby' Hinds
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Jerry March
Mort Sahl ... Ben Morrow
Telly Savalas ... Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo
Joan Staley ... Suzy
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Educated
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Storyline

Colini, an exiled American gangster living in Sicily, rescues Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini sends him on a vengeance mission to the United States to assassinate the men who plotted his downfall and enforced exile. Johnny arrives in New York and quickly kills several of the underworld figures on Colini's list. Meanwhile, he picks up Dare Guiness, a wealthy divorcée who becomes his accomplice, and she is severely beaten by the gangsters as a warning against the vendetta. Written by alfiehitchie

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The International Murder Machine They Couldn't Turn Off! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mafia Manda Matar See more »

Filming Locations:

Newport Beach, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chrislaw Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Coincidentally, Elizabeth Montgomery (Darien 'Dare' Guiness) and Elisha Cook Jr. (Undertaker) both died on May 18, 1995. See more »

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When Johnny and Dare last part, they agree to meet "tomorrow night, 7:00 at The Real Tony's". The next morning Dare says "he'll be in a restaurant called The Real Tony's 7:00 tomorrow night" but it would actually be that night. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Colini: While you are here, you'll go through a process of polishing designed to make you "civilised". A little, not too much. On the surface, not inside. When I decide you're ready, you'll do a job for me, a job no other man could do. I want you to go to those who betrayed me, take back what they stole and make them dead. Do that and what is mine, is yours. You will be my son.
Johnny Cool: I am no son of Colini. You disgraced us in America.
Johnny Colini: Hmm, there is a streak of decency in you. You've gotta get rid of that ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 15 July 1963 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Bee-Bom
words and music by Les Vandyke
sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
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An Incredibly Nasty Film
18 June 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Before Lee Marvin in 'The Killers' and 'Point Blank' there was 'Johnny Cool'. The name 'Johnny' in the title usually means a romantic loner; but this Johnny was such a reptilian thug that by the end I was rooting for him to get what was coming to him in a way that I never did with the likes of Jimmy Cagney.

After possibly the worst title song I've ever heard (sung by Sammy Davis Jr., who also contributes a cameo as a dealer in a gambling den in an eye-patch and loud check jacket named "Educated"), what follows is a real curate's egg vividly shot on location by Sam Leavitt in deliberately ugly black & white with an astonishing cast of cameo players (I particularly liked Mort Sahl's contribution). The bewitching Elizabeth Montgomery is wasted as a bored socialite who takes a shine to Johnny after seeing him karate someone in a restaurant, yet seems a bit slow to realise that maybe he's not really a very nice person. (She and director William Asher married the same year and together embarked the following year on the evergreen TV hit 'Bewitched', and she was lost to movies forever.)

That the Production Code was by now on its last legs is attested to by macabre details such as the fact that he takes a knife rather than a gun with him to settle one particular score; while he improbably uses a big heavy suitcase with a bomb in it to blow up one victim rather than simply shooting him. And how did he make his getaway after machine-gunning someone else through the top floor window of a high rise office block from a window cleaner's cradle? However, the film is obliged to show sufficient restraint in its denouement to leave enough to the imagination to make the conclusion far more chilling than had we seen more. (And it's refreshing to see Elisha Cook Jr. come out on top for once.)


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