Johnny Cool (1963)

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Exiled American gangster Colini sends his protégé-killer Giordano to the USA to eliminate Colini's mob enemies.




  • Elizabeth Montgomery in Johnny Cool (1963)
  • Elizabeth Montgomery and Henry Silva in Johnny Cool (1963)
  • Henry Silva in Johnny Cool (1963)
  • Elizabeth Montgomery and Henry Silva in Johnny Cool (1963)
  • Elizabeth Montgomery and Joey Bishop in Johnny Cool (1963)
  • Elizabeth Montgomery and Henry Silva in Johnny Cool (1963)

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17 February 2020 | dougdoepke
Johnny Muddled might be a more apt title. Too bad the script and direction fail to intensify the premise's rich potential. In fact, there's a ton of potential suspense in the idea of a hit-man taking out some big time gangsters, one-by-one. Unfortunately the narrative muddles the idea without crucially developing Johnny Cool's planning or lead up to the killings. Instead, events merely happen haphazardly, and at an audience distance. At the same time, director Asher fails to draw us in, passively filming the happenings instead. In my little book, the movie's best part are the legion of location shots of NYC, LA, and Las Vegas that lend an involving eye. In that limited sense, the movie's well produced. Also, actress Montgomery lends some much needed spark to the performances even as her role flounders in illogic. And though he has an exotic look about him, actor Silva more or less walks through his role. Maybe someone thought disengagement would be the essence of cool, but instead it adds to the emotional distance. All in all, I'm with the reviewer who thinks the script had to cobble additional players from Lawford's (producer) Las Vegas crowd into the clumsy end result. But whatever the reason, it's no wonder the flick has faded into rank obscurity; and that's despite the peripheral presence of so many familiar names and faces ( Backus, Lawrence, Cook, et al.) from yesteryear. I hope they at least picked up a good payday.

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Release Date:

2 October 1963


English, Italian

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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