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JOHNNY COOL is a 1963 neo noir crime film directed by William Asher based on the novel The Kingdom of Johnny Cool
Johnny Cool
by John McPartland which stars Henry Silva
Henry Silva
and Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Montgomery
. Produced in part by Peter Lawford
Peter Lawford
, Johnny Cool
Johnny Cool
features a cast that also includes Mort Sahl , Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
, Jim Backus
Jim Backus
, Joey Bishop
Joey Bishop
, and Sammy Davis, Jr. , who also sings the theme song.


* 1 Plot * 2 Cast

* 3 Film Score and Soundtrack

* 3.1 Track listing * 3.2 Personnel

* 4 References * 5 External links


Johnny Colini, an exiled American living in Rome, rescues Salvatore Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini sends him on a mission of vengeance to the United States to assassinate the men who plotted his downfall and enforced exile. Johnny arrives in New York and quickly kills several of the underworld figures on Colini's list.

Meanwhile, he picks up Darien "Dare" Guiness, a wealthy divorcée who becomes his accomplice, she is later severely beaten by the gangsters as a warning to Johnny against pursuing his vendetta. Soon the FBI becomes involved, and when Johnny and Dare bomb the Hollywood home of gangster Lennart Crandall, the police are able to identify Dare's car when she panics and leaves it parked on the street. The two had separated and planned to meet later, but Dare, abruptly realizing that Johnny is a vicious killer, tells his enemies where to find him. She then surrenders herself to the FBI, as Johnny is being tortured by his captors at the film's conclusion.


* Henry Silva
Henry Silva
as Johnny Cool
Johnny Cool
/ Salvatore Giordano * Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Montgomery
as Darien "Dare" Guinness * Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
as Correspondent * Jim Backus
Jim Backus
as Louis Murphy * Joey Bishop
Joey Bishop
as Holmes, Used Car Salesman * Brad Dexter as Lennart Crandall * Mort Sahl as Ben Morrow * Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
as Vincenzo 'Vince' Santangelo * Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
as Educated * Marc Lawrence as Johnny Colini * John McGiver as Oscar B. 'Oby' Hinds * Joseph Calleia as tourist * Clegg Hoyt as Craps Player





RECORDED 1963 Hollywood, CA

GENRE Film score

LENGTH 31:43

LABEL United Artists
United Artists
UAL 4111/UAS 5111





The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Billy May
Billy May
, and the soundtrack album was released on the United Artists
United Artists
label in 1963. Allmusic 's Steven McDonald noted "This soundtrack manages to mix the early '60s caper-flick brand of jazz with the darker feel of 1950s film noir -- a genre to which Johnny Cool
Johnny Cool
was a deliberate throwback."


All compositions by Billy May
Billy May
except as indicated

* "The Lizard" - 2:38 * "Window Washer" - 2:37 * "Dare's Affair" - 2:40 * "Borrow a Knife" - 1:47 * " Johnny Cool
Johnny Cool
Theme" - 2:19 * "Morning in Balboa" - 2:14 * "Nice Quiet Saloon" - 2:35 * "Green Tables Blues" - 3:16 * "The Coolest Pad" - 3:18 * "Juan Coolisto" - 2:19 * "Bee Boom" ( Les Vandyke ) - 2:14 * "The Ballad Of Johnny Cool" ( Jimmy Van Heusen
Jimmy Van Heusen
, Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn
) - 2:58


* Orchestra arranged and conducted by Billy May
Billy May
* Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
- vocals (tracks 11 ">

* ^ A B Lawford Like No Other Commuter By Bob Thomas. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973); Washington, D.C. 18 Oct 1964: G6. * ^ http://allmovie.com/work/johnny-cool-97262 * ^ A B McDonald, Stephen. Johnny Cool
Johnny Cool
– Review at AllMusic . Retrieved March 30, 2016. * ^ Edwards, D., Callahan, M., Eyries, P., Watts, R., ;background:none transparent;border:none;-moz-box-shadow:none;-webkit-box-shadow:none;box-shadow:none;">v

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Films directed by William Asher
William Asher

* Leather Gloves
Leather Gloves
(1948) * Mobs, Inc. (1956) * The Shadow on the Window
The Shadow on the Window
(1957) * The 27th Day
The 27th Day
(1957) * Beach Party (1963) * Johnny Cool
Johnny Cool
(1963) * Muscle Beach Party (1964) * Bikini Beach (1964) * Beach Blanket Bingo
Beach Blanket Bingo
(1965) * How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
(1965) * Fireball 500 (1966) * Night Warning
Night Warning
(1983) * Movers