Johnny Eager (1941)

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The step-daughter of a district attorney falls in love with a gangster on parole who her father originally imprisoned.


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2 January 2007 | RanchoTuVu
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| don't doubt Robert Taylor
A parolee masquerades as a cabby while running a dog racing track on the side. As the film opens, he has an interview with his parole officer, and then goes to the track, which is under an injunction from the D. A. who had sent him to prison in the first place and who's step-daughter (Lana Turner) he later falls in love with, enters the exterior of his office, puts on one of his expensive sport coats, and becomes the head of a rather extensive gambling racket. For doubters of Robert Taylor, this could make them believers as he rises well above this fantasy like story that wants to be a tough crime drama but refuses to be gritty enough to sink into a convenient gutter. Nonetheless, Taylor puts a lot of punch into his part, outshining the film's Oscar winner Van Heflin, who plays his heavy drinking philosophizing associate.

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