Johnny Stool Pigeon

Johnny Stool Pigeon is a 1949 black-and-white film noir directed by William Castle. Tony Curtis, who made his movie debut that same year appearing in Criss Cross, has a non-speaking role as a mob gang member. "Stool Pigeon", in gangster terminology, means a police informant.


A narcotics agent convinces a convict (one 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 that's a run by mob bosses. They end up getting help breaking the case from an unlikely source: the gang leader's dingy blonde girlfriend (Winters) who falls for the narcotics agent during the sting.



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