Johnny Apollo (film)

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Johnny Apollo
Movie poster
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Produced by Harry Joe Brown
Written by Samuel G. Engel (story)
Hal Long (story)
Philip Dunne
Rowland Brown
Curtis Kenyon (uncredited contributing writer)
Starring Tyrone Power
Dorothy Lamour
Edward Arnold
Lloyd Nolan
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • April 19, 1940 (1940-04-19)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Johnny Apollo is a 1940 crime film directed by Henry Hathaway.

It stars Tyrone Power as a man who resorts to crime to buy a pardon for his embezzler father (Edward Arnold). Lloyd Nolan plays the gangster he works for, while Dorothy Lamour portrays the boss's girlfriend.


After his father "Pop" Cain is sent to prison for embezzlement of funds, Bob Cain, Jr., quits college to look for a job, but is unable to find one.

A gangster, Mickey Dwyer, sentenced around the same time as Pop, is granted a parole. Bob goes to see Dwyer's attorney, a judge named Emmett T. Brennan, to inquire how to go about getting Pop a parole as well. With money, he is told.

Bob decides to work for Dwyer to raise the dough. He goes by the alias Johnny Apollo and meets the gangster's girlfriend, Lucky Dubarry, who is immediately attracted to him. But when his father behind bars hears his son is now a criminal, a disgusted Pop Cain wants nothing more to do with him.

Double-crossed on a job, Dwyer murders the judge. Both he and Bob are sent to prison. A jailbreak is set in motion, but Lucky is able to sneak word of it to Pop, who prevents his son from getting involved. An angry Dwyer shoots Pop and knocks out Bob, but is then killed by guards.

Bob is blamed and faces a longer sentence, perhaps even execution. Pop recovers, however, and alibis his son. Bob's future looks brighter, particularly with Lucky on the outside, waiting for him.



"I'm leaving town". "Where to?". "As far as 20 bucks and a mink coat will take me".

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