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Johnny Allegro
Alternate Title: Hounded
Director: Ted Tetzlaff (Dir)
Release Date:   Jun 1949
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 30 May 1949
Production Date:   15 Dec 1948--25 Jan 1949
Duration (in mins):   80
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Cast:   George Raft (Johnny Allegro)  
    Nina Foch (Glenda [Chapman])  
    George Macready ([Morgan] Vallin)  
    Will Geer (Schultzy)  
    Gloria Henry (Addie )  
    Ivan Triesault (Pelham Vetch)  
    Harry Antrim (Pudgy)  
    William "Bill" Phillips (Roy)  
    Walter Rode (Grote)  
    Thomas Browne Henry (Detective)  
    Paul E. Burns (Gray)  
    Matilda Caldwell (Servant)  
    Joe Palma (Guard)  
    Charles Hamilton (Guard)  
    Brick Sullivan (Guard)  
    George Offerman Jr. (Elevator man)  
    Fred Sears (Desk clerk)  
    Eddie Acuff (Maintenance man)  
    Saul Gorss (Jeffrey)  
    Cosmo Sardo (Waiter)  
    Larry Thompson (Operator)  
    Frank Dae (Dr. Jaynes)  
    Mary Bear (Nurse)  
    Gaylord Pendleton (Young man)  
    Harlan Warde (Coast Guard officer)  

Summary: When florist Johnny Allegro makes a delivery at the Los Angeles hotel in which his shop is located, an attractive blonde greets him noisily and then quietly begs him to pretend that he knows her. Curious, Johnny goes with her to the hotel bar. She introduces herself as Glenda Chapman and tells him a story of great intrigue. Although Johnny immediately sees through her story, he agrees to help her dodge the police detective waiting in the lobby. Over the following days, Johnny becomes romantically involved with Glenda. One night, treasury agent Schultzy visits Johnny and confronts him with his past as a gangster and fugitive from Sing Sing prison. Because Johnny risked his life in the O.S.S. after his escape, Schultzy offers him a chance to redeem himself by gathering information about Glenda. When Johnny meets Glenda that evening, she tells him that she is leaving but will not tell him anything else. Johnny agrees to help her leave the hotel secretly, but when they arrive in the basement, a policeman is waiting, and Johnny shoots him. He then insists that Glenda take him with her to protect him from the police. Glenda reluctantly agrees, not knowing that the killing was faked, and that Johnny is working undercover. Johnny and Glenda fly to Florida in a private plane and then take a boat to an unidentified island. On the island, Johnny learns that Glenda is married to Morgan Vallin, a mysterious man who believes that the bow and arrow is a better weapon than a gun. Suspicious of Johnny, Vallin forces him to hand over his gun. Realizing that his deception will be revealed if Vallin discovers the gun is loaded with blanks, Johnny tries unsuccessfully to retrieve it. In the morning, Johnny explores the island and sees the arrival of two men, later identified as Pelham Vetch and Grote. In the afternoon, Vallin takes Johnny and Glenda to the mainland for the races. There, Vallin gives Johnny a package to deliver, and Johnny takes the opportunity to get a message to Schultzy. Later, while Glenda and Johnny have dinner together, he pretends to have a malaria attack. At the hospital, Johnny meets secretly with Schultzy, who tells Johnny that Vallin works for a group which plans to flood the West Coast with five million dollars in counterfeit money. He asks Johnny to find out where the money is hidden. Back at the island, Glenda makes a pass at Johnny, which is interrupted by Vallin. Vallin then threatens Johnny, warning him that he is a bad loser. Late that night, Johnny sneaks to the boat and calls Schultzy on the radio. Using that information, the Coast Guard moves in to surround the island. Vetch and Grote spot the ships and accuse Vallin of treason. Eavesdropping on their argument, Johnny learns that the counterfeit money is hidden on the island. Then Vallin kills the two gangsters and prepares to leave the island, and Johnny again signals the Coast Guard. This time, Glenda finds him and divulges her wish to leave Vallin and start fresh with him. She then leads him to the cave in which the money is hidden. Meanwhile, Vallin discovers the blanks in Johnny's gun and hurries to the cave, where Johnny is fighting with one of Vallin's henchmen. Armed with a bow and arrows, Vallin stalks Johnny, but Glenda prevents the murder. Johnny and Vallin then grapple, and in the ensuing fight, Vallin falls to his death. Glenda and Johnny are rescued by the Coast Guard and are promised light sentences for their help with Vallin. 

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: Ted Tetzlaff (Dir)
  Earl Bellamy (Asst dir)
Producer: Irving Starr (Prod)
Writer: Karen DeWolf (Scr)
  Guy Endore (Scr)
  James Edward Gray (Scr)
Photography: Joseph Biroc (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Perry Smith (Art dir)
Film Editor: Jerome Thoms (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Frank [A.] Tuttle (Set dec)
Costumes: Jean Louis (Gowns)
Music: George Duning (Mus score)
  M. W. Stoloff (Mus dir)
Sound: Jack Goodrich (Sd eng)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp. 1/6/1949 dd/mm/yyyy LP2373

PCA NO: 13638
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Recording

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Gangster
 
Subjects (Major): Counterfeiters and counterfeiting
  Fugitives
  Islands
  Romance
  Undercover operations
 
Subjects (Minor): Boats
  Bow and arrow
  Fistfights
  Florida
  Florists
  Government agents
  Hotels
  Los Angeles (CA)
  Police
  Ruses
  United States. Coast Guard

Note: The film's working titles were The Big Jump and Hounded

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   25 Jun 1949.   
Daily Variety   17 May 49   p. 4.
Film Daily   26 May 49   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   13 Dec 48   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   17 May 49   p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   28 May 49   p. 4626.
New York Times   31 May 49   p. 19.
Variety   1 Jun 49   p. 11.

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