Directed by Robert Rossen • 1947 • United States
Starring Dick Powell, Evelyn Keyes, Lee J. Cobb
Dick Powell continued his evolution from fresh-faced 1930s crooner to 1940s noir tough guy with his hard-boiled turn in this stylish crime drama. He stars as Johnny O’Clock, the suave co-owner of a high-class casino who winds up caught in a web of murder and menace when a corrupt cop attempts move in on his territory. The striking camera work and colorful dialogue (“I’ve got a bullet in my gut and fire in my brain”) lend this snappy noir a sophisticated sheen.