Johnny Cool

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Johnny Cool
Johnny Cool FilmPoster.jpeg
Original film poster
Directed by William Asher
Written by Joseph Landon
John McPartland (novel)
Starring Henry Silva
Elizabeth Montgomery
Richard Anderson
Jim Backus
Joey Bishop
Brad Dexter
Telly Savalas
Sammy Davis, Jr
Music by Billy May
Chrislaw Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
Oct 19, 1963
Running time
103 min.
Country United States
Language English

Johnny Cool is a 1963 crime film directed by William Asher based on the novel The Kingdom of Johnny Cool by John McPartland which stars Henry Silva and Elizabeth Montgomery.[1] Produced in part by Peter Lawford, Johnny Cool features a cast that also includes Mort Sahl, Telly Savalas, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis, Jr., who also sings the theme song.


Johnny Colini, an exiled American living in Rome, rescues Salvatore Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini sends him on a mission of vengeance 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 Darien "Dare" Guiness, a wealthy divorcée who becomes his accomplice, she is later severely beaten by the gangsters as a warning to Johnny against pursuing his vendetta. Soon the FBI becomes involved, and when Johnny and Dare bomb the Hollywood home of gangster Lennart Crandall, the police are able to identify Dare's car when she panics and leaves it parked on the street. The two had separated and planned to meet later, but Dare, abruptly realizing that Johnny is a vicious killer, tells his enemies where to find him. She then surrenders herself to the FBI, as Johnny is being tortured by his captors at the film's conclusion.



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