Johnny Allegro

  • 1949
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

JOHNNY ALLEGRO has a little bit of several movies, including THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, in its heritage. Raft is an ex-gangster who is tapped by the Treasury Department to do some investigative work on its behalf. Macready is a villain flooding the U.S. with counterfeit money. From his private island in the Caribbean, he engineers a right-wing plot to overthrow...read more

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JOHNNY ALLEGRO has a little bit of several movies, including THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, in its heritage. Raft is an ex-gangster who is tapped by the Treasury Department to do some investigative work on its behalf. Macready is a villain flooding the U.S. with counterfeit money. From his

private island in the Caribbean, he engineers a right-wing plot to overthrow the U.S. government. Raft poses as a fugitive and is taken in by Macready, an effete classical-music lover in the villainous mold of so many who came later in the James Bond films. Once on the island, Raft learns that

Macready likes to hunt his guests down with silver-tipped arrows. Raft has enlisted Foch to help him with his mission, and the two are in danger of being killed, but the Feds, led by Geer, arrive in the nick of time to save them. Raft had a lot of physical work to do in this film, including

several fights, lots of running, and enough to get a 54-year-old (his age at the time) quite winded. His acting was, as usual, almost devoid of any emotion, but there was a coterie of Raft fans who liked him that way. Macready was always believable in his many dark roles and showed himself to be

one of the best villains ever. He was born to play the heavy and always looked much older than he was. Matter of fact, he was only 40 at the time of this film. The scar on his cheek that caused his face to be permanently malevolent was the result of a car accident, not a duel at Heidelberg, as

many once thought. Despite being little more than a potboiler, JOHNNY ALLEGRO had enough originality in the plot to keep it moving, and one can recognize many of its twists and turns in subsequent spy films. This was Raft's second "Johnny" picture, the first being JOHNNY ANGEL, four years

earlier.

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