Johnny Angel

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PrintCelebrating Hoagy Carmichael

Johnny Angel

  • 1945
  • Directed By: Edwin L. Marin
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Crime, Drama
  • 79 Minutes
  1. Sunday, November 30, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Johnny Angel
Johnny Angel, a ship captain (George Raft) finds that his father’s ship has been hijacked and the crew murdered. He scours the streets of New Orleans to find his father’s murderer, along with Paulette, whose own father was part of the ship’s crew. They soon uncover a secret involving the ship’s cargo and the motivation for the hijacking. This 1945 film noir is chock full of claustrophobic, obsessed men, struggling to claw their way out of the darkly-lit streets. Even Hoagy Carmichael sounds unnatural under the weight of the sordid French Quarter. 35mm print is provided courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive. (35mm presentation)

Vocalist Tony Ponella will sing selections from Hoagy Carmichael’s songbook before the screening.

Tony Ponella
Described as a performer with “rare talent and showmanship…with a beautifully toned voice and perfect pitch” Tony Ponella has gained recognition both as a singer in his young career. Following his first runner-up finish in the 2012 Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Vocal Competition, he moved to New York where he performs regularly. Recent appearances include those with Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Maye, and Sylvia McNair, to name a few.


Tony was recently cast in the New York run of Judy, a Tribute; workshop performances of a new musical entitled Lost Boy; Articulate Theatre Company’s performance of Dragon; and will participate in a reading of the new work, The Dancing Princess.

Tony Ponella