Johnny Eager is a 1941 film noir directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Robert Taylor, Lana Turner and Van Heflin.


After Johnny Eager (Robert Taylor) is released from jail, the unreformed gangster fools his parole officer (Henry O'Neill) into believing his ways are changed. In actuality, Eager wants to return to racketeering by opening a dog-racing track, but the man who put him behind bars (Edward Arnold) is in the way. When that man's stepdaughter (Lana Turner) falls for Eager, the crook uses her as leverage to get what he wants. In this world of deceit, Jeff Hartnett (Van Heflin) is Eager's only friend.


  • Robert Taylor as Johnny Eager
  • Lana Turner as Lisbeth Bard
  • Edward Arnold as John Benson Farrell
  • Van Heflin as Jeff Hartnett
  • Robert Sterling as Jimmy Courtney
  • Patricia Dane as Garnet
  • Glenda Farrell as Mae Blythe
  • Henry O'Neill as A.J. Verne
  • Diana Lewis as Judy
  • Barry Nelson as Lew Rankin
  • Charles Dingle as A. Frazier Marco
  • Paul Stewart as Julio
  • Cy Kendall as Bill Halligan
  • Don Costello as Billiken
  • Lou Lubin as Benjy
  • Joe Downing as Ryan
  • Connie Gilchrist as Peg Fowler
  • Robin Raymond as Matilda "Matty" Fowler
  • Leona Maricle as Miss Mines
  • Emory Parnell as Policeman
  • Byron Shores as Officer 711 (Mae's husband)