Johnny Nobody (October, 1961)
Released on October, 1961: A man claiming to have amnesia gets away with murder when he kills a famous author in front of the town priest and townsmen, unless the priest can discover who Johnny Nobody really is.
Directed by Nigel Patrick
Written by Albert Z. Carr and Patrick Kirwan.
The Actors: Nigel Patrick (Father Carey), Yvonne Mitchell (Mary Floyd / Mrs. Mark Wheeler), William Bendix (James Ronald Mulcahy), Aldo Ray (Aldo Ray), Cyril Cusack (prosecuting counsel O'Brien), Bernie Winters (photographer), Niall MacGinnis (defending counsel Sullivan), Noel Purcell (Brother Timothy), Eddie Byrne (landlord O'Connor), John Welsh (the Judge), Joe Lynch (Tinker), Jimmy O'Dea (postman Tim), J.G. Devlin (caretaker), Christopher Casson (Father Bernard), Michael Brennan (Superintendant Lynch), Norman Rodway (Father Healey), May Craig (Tinker's mother), Gerry Sullivan (young man), T.P. McKenna (gardai - policeman), Geoffrey Golden (conductor), Seamus Healy (farmer), Desmond O'Neill (countryman), Vincent Dowling (train barman), Gerard Healy (clerk of the court), Tom Irwin (journalist), Philip O'Flynn (gardai - policeman), Austin Meldon (gardai - policeman), Michael O'Duffy (ballad singer), Gearold O'Lochlain (Abbott), Ann Clery (village woman), Frank Howard (usher), Danny Cummins (news vendor), Derry O'Donavan (country woman), Eddie Golden (gardai - policeman), Ronnie Walsh (gardai - policeman), James Neylin (gardai - policeman), Frank O'Donovan (gardai - policeman), Dominic Behan (ballad singer in the bar).
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The Devil, You Say . . .
From the bonnie isle of Ireland comes a thrilling murder caper with a plot that I have never encountered before . . . and I've watched quite a few murder mysteries. In this story the killer commits the perfect murder and is proclaimed 'not guilty' at his trial, escaping the justice of the Irish courts, with the help of a seemingly bewitched isolated Irish town called Inishgashel. Our story begins in a small Irish village that is host to a world famous author, played by the early television sit-com star of 'The Life of Riley' William Bendix. He is a loud, obnoxious atheist in this small religious village who incites the townsmen to anger when he spouts his atheist beliefs in the local pub. In an effort to taunt the villagers even more he stands in front of the little village church and loudly shouts that if there is a God, He should strike him down on the spot. Suddenly a shot rings out and standing nearby with a smoking gun in his hand is a man who becomes known as Johnny . . . Johnny Nobody, played by Aldo Ray. He claims to have amnesia, and has no idea who he is or why he killed the atheist author. As he goes on trial in Dublin all of the people of Ireland believe that he is a Divine tool of the Almighty sent to bring justice to the infidel. The village priest, played by Nigel Patrick, is starting to believe this also, and during discussions with one of his old teachers wonders if God would use murder with a gun to fulfill His will. When mysterious notes from the isolated village of Inishgashel quote strange Bible verses the priest decides to visit the town and search for answers. When Father Carey gets to the isolated town he discovers that the town is possibly bewitched . . . and maybe the hand of God . . . or the Devil himself, may be at work. He finally uncovers the truth, but all the forces of good seem to be against him as he tries to get back to Dublin before the trial is over. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled on it and enjoy the show.
Nigel Patrick visits Aldo Ray in prison
Aldo Ray, as Johnny Nobody, shoots and kills James Ronals Mulcahy
Aldo Ray as Johnny Nobody
Bernie Winters and Yvonne Mitchell in Johnny Nobody
Nigel Patrick talks to Christopher Casson in Johnny Nobody
Christopher Casson as Father Bernard in Johnny Nobody
Cyril Cusack as the prosecuting counsel O'Brien
Dominic Behan singing Irish ballads in the local pub
Eddie Byrne and Nigel Patrick
Eddie Byrne and William Bendix in Johnny Nobody
Jimmy O'Dea as Tim the postman
John Welsh as the court judge
Michael Brennan and Bernie Winters outside the courtroom
Michael Brennan and Nigel Patrick leaving the Dublin court
Niall MacGinnis as the prosecuting counsel Sullivan in Johnny Nobody
Nigel Patrick as Father Carey in Johnny Nobody
Nigel Patrick in Johnny Nobody
Noel Purcell as Brother Timothy in Johnny Nobody
William Bendix and Jimmy O'Dea in Johnny Nobody
William Bendix as author James Ronald Mulcahy
William Bendix in Johnny Nobody
Yvonne Mitchell and Tom Irwin in the courtroom
Yvonne Mitchell as reporter Miss Floyd
Yvonne Mitchell as Mrs. Mark Wheeler
Yvonne Mitchell checks with the police to be certain that Father Carey will not reach the court in time