Johnny Dangerously(1984) is a comedy picking on the “mob life” of the 1930’s (and films made about that era).Â Johnny Kelly (Michael Keaton) is a good neighborhood boy that gets caught up in a life of crime because of his mothers “poor health.”
He works his way up the ranks, never really fitting the mold of a gangster, much to the chagrin of his chief rival Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo), and eventually becomes the boss.Â He falls in love with a night club singer that sings atÂ a speakeasy (Marilu Henner).
He works hard to keep his mob identity, Johnny Dangerously a secret to his family that thinks he is simply a night club owner.Â This is put in jeopary by the fact that his brother, Tommy Kelly (Griffin Dunne) graduated law school and went to work for the District Attorney (Danny DeVito) and works tirelessly to root out crime.
Can Johnny keep his secret?Â Will Tommy find out the truth, and if he does will he prosecute his own brother?Â Will Danny Vermin try and use these events to improve his own standing in the gang?
Hilarity ensues as it all plays out. Â The cast also includes, Maureen Stapleton (Johnny’s ill mother), Peter Boyle (as the original boss Jocko Dundee) and includes cameos by Dom DeLuise, Ray Walston, Dick Butkus and Alan Hale Jr.Â Â The sight gags, on-running jokes, and slapstick nature of the film, puts it in a class of films such as Airplane orÂ The Naked Gun.Â If you like constant laughter, this is a excellent film to watch one evening.