|JOHNNY ONE-EYE (director: Robert Florey; screenwriter: Richard Landau/story by Damon Runyon; cinematographer: Lucien Andriot; editor: Frank Sullivan; music: Louis Forbes; cast: Pat O'Brien (Martin Martin), Wayne Morris (Dane Cory), Dolores Moran (Lily White/"Beautiful Mama"), Gayle Reed (Elsie), Jack Overman (Lippy), Raymond Largay ( Lawbooks), Harry Bronson (Freddy), Donald Woods (Veterinarian), Lawrence Cregar (Ambrose); Runtime: 77; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Benedict Bogeaus; United Artists; 1950)|
|"An outdated and corny Damon Runyon
by Dennis Schwartz
outdated and corny Damon Runyon gangster tale. Robert
Florey ("The Crooked Way"/"Monsieur
Verdoux "/"The Beast with Five Fingers")
can't help keeping it a blend of violence and
sentimentality. Richard Landau keeps
the screenplay flat despite the action.
years ago "The Dutchman," a NYC hood stole $50,000
from his partners, Dane Cory (Wayne Morris) and Martin
Martin (Pat O'Brien). While fleeing on a ferry, the
partners kill him and dump his body overboard. While
in his Park Avenue penthouse, Martin receives
a visit from his lawyer he nicknamed Lawbooks" (Raymond
Largay), tipping him off the cops are coming to
arrest him for the murder. Martin immediately escapes.
He knows his partner Cory, now a show promoter,
already accepted a plea bargain deal from the DA if he
points the finger of guilt at Martin. Martin shows up
at the theater where Cory has an office and tries
plugging him, but instead hits Freddie (Harry
Bronson), Cory's henchman, and in return fire is
wounded. Martin staggers to the apartment of Lily
White (Dolores Moran), Cory's
girlfriend, and watches her interact with Cory from a
nearby condemned building. When Cory punches around
Elsie's dog, she's Lily's daughter, the dog flees and
joins Martin at the condemned building. Because of his
condition, Martin names the dog Johnny One-Eye.
It concludes with both partners killing each other, and before dying Martin makes sure Elsie gets the $10,000 reward he had on his head.
REVIEWED ON 4/12/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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