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Johnny Stool Pigeon

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Johnny Stool Pigeon
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Castle
Screenplay byRobert L. Richards
Story byHenry Jordan
Produced byAaron Rosenberg
StarringHoward Duff
Shelley Winters
Dan Duryea
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byTed J. Kent
Music byMilton Schwarzwald
Color processBlack and white
Universal International Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 20, 1949 (1949-04-20)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Johnny Stool Pigeon is a 1949 American film noir crime film directed by William Castle and starring Howard Duff, Shelley Winters and Dan Duryea.[1]

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A narcotics agent convinces a convict he helped send to Alcatraz to go undercover with him to help expose a heroin drug smuggling ring. The unlikely pair travels from San Francisco to Vancouver and finally to a dude ranch in Tucson which is run by mob bosses. They end up getting help breaking the case from the gang leader's girlfriend (Winters), who falls for the narcotics agent during the sting.



The film was known as Contraband and Partners in Crime.[2]

It was William Castle's first movie at Universal. He called it "a pedestrian thriller" whose only claim to fame was featuring Tony Curtis and Shelley Winters in the cast.[3]


When the film was released, the film critic for The New York Times, gave the film a tepid review, writing, "Despite a serious attempt at authenticity it is merely a brisk cops-and-smugglers melodrama, which follows an obvious pattern and is fairly strong on suspense and short on originality and impressive histrionics ... Howard Duff, who has had plenty of experience as a gumshoe both on the radio and in films, is appropriately self-effacing, hard and handsome as the intrepid agent. Dan Duryea adds a surprising twist to his usual characterizations of tough hombres as the convict who turns on his own kind, and Shelley Winters gives a credible performance as the blonde moll who also gives the law a much-needed assist. But aside from a few variations their crime and punishment adventures are cast in a familiar mold."[4]

See also


  1. ^ Johnny Stool Pigeon at IMDb.
  2. ^ Schallert, Edwin (Mar 22, 1949). "Saga of War Deserters Due for Screen Telling; Bedoya Joins 'Black Rose'". Los Angeles Times. p. 13.
  3. ^ Castle, William (1976). Step right up! : ... I'm gonna scare the pants off America. Putnam. p. 120.
  4. ^ The New York Times, film review, September 23, 1949. Accessed: July 12, 2013.

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