Johnny One-Eye
Starring: Pat O'Brien & Wayne Morris Director: Robert Florey

Two former partners-in-crime turn on each other when a new district attorney starts investigating an unsolved murder.
Johnny One-Eye
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  • Based on a Story by Damon Runyon
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1950
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Gangster turned legitimate businessman, Martin Martin, is indicted for a long-since forgotten murder and discovers that the star witness is Dane Cory, his accomplice in the killing. Fearing the outcome of a criminal trial, Martin confronts his former partner and is ambushed. Seriously wounded and seeking retribution, he finds shelter in an abandoned building, where he befriends an injured dog. He learns that the dog is owned by a little girl whose mother is providing Cory with a safe place to hide. With his health failing and the police hot on his trail, Martin sets in motion a plan to find his would-be assassin and exact his final revenge.

Based on a story by legendary newspaper reporter and writer Damon Runyon, Johnny One-Eye was directed by Robert Florey, who co-directed Cocoanuts (1929), the first Marx Brothers film, as well as Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), The Beast with Five Fingers (1946), and Tarzan and the Mermaid (1948).

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In order to save himself, due to pressure from the District Attorney, a gangster tries his best to pin a murder rap on his old partner. Going into hiding in an old abandoned house, his partner is befriended by a girl and her dog. The twist here is that the little girl just happens to be the District Attorney's daughter.

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Betrayal | Friendships | Gangsters | Theatrical Release
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Painfully flawed, but still in interesting film noir Movie Lover: from MA -- February, 3, 2005

The first thing I did after watching this movie was log onto Amazon and buy a book of Damon Runyon stories. In fact, I was a sucker for this film as soon as I read the plot synopsis and that TERRIFIC title. The image of a wounded and desperate ex-hood befriending an injured dog (whom he names Johnny One-Eye) is just GREAT stuff, you gotta admit.

Made in 1950, this is a next-to-no-budget film noir in the classic tradition. It's such an "unknown" that it didn't even make it into the book "Death On The Cheap; The Lost B Movies Of Film Noir". In addition to the terrific story, it has some striking, classically noir visuals, especially in the final scenes.

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  • UPC: 089218441393
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