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[[caption-width-right:244:Organized crime has never been this disorganized!]]


->''"Remember kid, crime doesn't pay. [[BrokenAesop ...Well, it paid a little.]]"''
->-- '''Mr. Kelly - a.k.a. "Johnny Dangerously"'''

''Johnny Dangerously'' is a comedic film produced by TwentiethCenturyFox in 1984, and is primarily an AffectionateParody of gangster movies set in [[TheRoaringTwenties Prohibition-Era]] [[BigApplesauce New York City]]. The title character is played by MichaelKeaton, portraying a youth who joins an organized crime gang in order to raise money to pay for medical procedures for his ailing mother.
The movie begins its light-hearted path with an AnimatedCreditsOpening featuring images of Manhattan locales set to Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song "This Is The Life".
We are introduced to the owner of "Kelly's Pet Shop," Mr. Kelly, who apprehends a would-be thief and, after being treated to a tough-guy attitude, begins to [[HowWeGotHere tell the tale of his own past]]... the criminal known as "Johnny Dangerously."

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!! This film provides examples of:

* AmoralAttorney - the D.A.
* BabyCarriage - One of the would-be assassins of Johnny is hiding in a baby carriage.
* BagOfHolding - Ma Kelly's purse
* BigApplesauce - "Lil... This ain't Chicago... we're in New York."
* BlindingCameraFlash: Johnny gets photographed repeatedly and then promptly walks into the wall he can't see anymore.
* BombWhistle - There is a scene actually involving a bomb dropped from a plane on the casino of his enemy, Roman Moronie. Followed by an explosion.
* BookSafe - Ammo for Johnny's jail-breaking machine gun.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Johnny speaks directly to the children in the audience about the importance of not smoking.
** The wavering "flashback" effect when Johnny starts talking about his past life, which both characters on screen notice.
* BrokenAesop - "Crime doesn't pay." Cue his fancy suit, chauffeured car, and elegantly dressed wife. "Well, it paid a little."
* BullSeeingRed - the D.A.'s death - in a commercial.
* CainAndAbel - the "brother versus brother" story line.
* CatchPhrase - Vermin, used multiple times in the form "You shouldn't ''do something bad to me''. My ''family member did that to me'' once." (long pause with index finger extended for emphasis) "Once."
-->'''Danny Vermin:''' You shouldn't grab me, Johnny. My mother grabbed me once. ''Once''.
-->'''Danny Vermin:''' You shouldn't hang me on a hook, Johnny. My father hung me on a hook once. ''Once''.
-->'''Danny Vermin:''' *while in clear pain* You shouldn't kick me in the balls, Mrs. Kelly. My sister kicked me in the balls...once...
-->'''Danny Vermin:''' *while being dragged away* You shouldn't have shot me Johnny. My grandmother shot me once...
* TheChanteuse: Lil.
* ChekhovsGun - "Oh, Johnny, I love shelf paper."
** Also, Dundee's cigarette case with the bullet dent (see PocketProtector below).
* ClarkKenting - everybody knows that Johnny Kelly is Johnny Dangerously except his mother and brother.
* ClickHello - In the prison escape (unusual in that the warden knew he was there, he just didn't know about the gun).
--> '''Warden:''' Well Johnny, any last words? ''(Johnny points tommy gun with audible click)'' Well spoken!
* ClusterFBomb- averted, due to [[{{Malaproper}} Roman Moronie]]'s mispronunciations.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon - Roman Moronie threatening Mr. Dundee.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DeadlyPrank - Young Danny Vermin , while selling newspapers on a street corner, produces a pair of large scissors from his paper bag to cut the leash from between a seeing-eye dog and a blind man, who is hit be a car off camera, then returns to work.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome - the beginning of the flashback is B/W documentary footage with narration. When the movie's new action begins the film remains in B/W, then transitions into color to indicate the film will be remaining in the past for some time.
* DogLatin - "Post-Meridian, anti-Meridian, Uncle Meridian, and all the little Meridians."
* DontTellMama - parodied, since to everyone but Johnny's mother it's painfully clear that he's a mob boss.
* EveryCarIsAPinto - averted. Tommy's car has its brakes cut and tumbles down a hill dramatically, but does not explode.
* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt
* FanService - When Tommy visits Johnny's apartment.
--> "I'm sorry Johnny, I just don't have the tits for it ... I mean... heart."
* FlashbackEffects - the entire movie takes place during a flashback, illustrating the story Mr. Kelly is telling the would-be thief he caught trying to steal a puppy from his pet store.
-->'''Thief:''' What the Hell's goin' on?!
-->'''Mr. Kelly:''' Oh, it always does this when I talk about the past.
* FluffyFashionFeathers - Lil's nightgown.
* FunWithSubtitles: As the movie opens, subtitles fade in onto the screen to state the year; then a car drives over them, as they are actually plaster props standing in the street.
* GameShow - "Play Ball"
* GoshDangItToHeck - "Fargin' bastiges."
** Averted here in that he really is trying to swear, but his accent is so thick that the words come out a mess.
* GossipEvolution - Word goes around -- but doesn't necessarily stay the same.
-->'''Prisoner''': I didn't say that.
-->'''JohnnyDangerously''': No, but I know this grapevine.
* GrammarNazi
-->'''Lil:''' "Do you realize your last name is an adverb?"
* HandCannon - Danny Vermin's .88 Magnum. "It shoots through ''schools''."
* HeroesWantRedheads
* IKEAWeaponry - On the way to the electric chair, as part of the PrisonBreak, below
* INeedAFreakingDrink - The desk sargent working dispatch, after reporting on the various changes of the description of Johnny's getaway car after his PrisonBreak, concluding with the car covered in "duckies and bunnies".
--> "Calling all cars, calling all cars! Come to Dooley's bar and grill; I'm buying!"
* IneffectualDeathThreats - Moronie to Dundee during an almost-execution.
* InstantMessengerPigeon - Polly
* JohnnyMcCoolname - It's right there.
* LuxuryPrisonSuite - Johnny's prison-striped three-piece suit.
* MacGuffin - "Whoever has my cigarette case bumped-off the Commissioner."
* {{Malaproper}} - Roman Moronie. He'd have given the movie a hard R rating for language if the miserable corksoaker could pronounce a word of it correctly, that fargin icehole.
* AManIsNotAVirgin - played with. Johnny has to scare his little brother Tommy away from the free-wheelin' life of sex - complete with an Army [=VD=] film - so that Tommy will stay in law school. Meanwhile, Johnny is surrounded by beautiful dames and has no problem scoring on first dates:
-->'''Dundee''' (as fireworks go off in the distance): Hey! Sounds like Johnny's getting laid!
* MeaningfulName
** Vermin
** And "Dangerously," although he did pick it himself.
* MediumAwareness - 1935
* MetallicarSyndrome: Played with when Johnny and Lil are making their escape in a black... er, white... er, [[ItMakesSenseInContext duckies-and-bunnies]] car that was previously covered in layers of shelf paper specifically so they could invoke the trope.
* MrExposition - The Pope, and the neighborhood, explain how Johnny's family doesn't know he's a gangster.
* NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters
* NonFatalExplosions - Happens to both Moronie and Dundee at the hands of the other.
* ObliviousYoungerSibling - Both Johnny's Brother and Mother.
* PieEyed: The animated segment does this, as it's done in a 30's art style.
* PocketProtector - Dundee's cigarette case once saved him from an assassination attempt, and it has the bullet dent to prove it. It ends up saving [[spoiler: Tommy]]'s life in the end.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone - Polly
* ThePope - As played by Creator/DomDeLuise.
* PrettyInMink - Lil wears a white fox wrap at the end as part of spoofing the moral.
* TheReveal - "Johnny Dangerously is [[spoiler:Tommy Kelly's brother.]]" Of course, we all know that (as does all of Johnny's old neighbourhood), but the other main characters don't, [[spoiler: [[PlotHole even Danny Vermin, who used to beat up a kid named Johnny Kelly, and who recognizes Johnny when he joins the gang]] ]].
* TheRoaringTwenties: When the movie is set.
* RobotMe - Moronie's murdering gift sent to Dundee's office, with postage due.
* RunningGag: The bits with the newspaper vendor, played by Ray Walston, getting beaned by a stack of newspapers, which cures his blindness, then makes him deaf, then gives him amnesia.
* ScareEmStraight - E.S.S. video
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp - Danny Vermin (minus the schoolyard). Although his .88 Magnum shoots through them.
* ShoutOut - "These are a few of my favorite things."
* SittingSexyOnAPiano - Lil Sheridan, while singing in a nightclub.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises - "Sounds like Johnny's gettin' laid."
* SpinningPaper - the activities of the police and D.A.'s office are indicated with front-page newspaper headlines.
** The paper simply slides up to view when revealing the outcome of Moronie's trial.
* TapOnTheHead: "Hey, how 'bout me gettin' knocked out?"
* ThematicThemeTune - Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "This is the Life" over the opening credits explains how it feels to be filthy rich. The song "Dangerously" sung by Lil' later in the movie could be this, but it is less about Johnny Dangerously than it is about Lil's lust for him.
* TrainProblem - During Roman Moronie's trial.
--> '''Moronie:''' [[LampshadeHanging That's a fargin trick question!]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment - When Lil arrives with Johnny's bail money.
* WalkAndTalk: Parodied and lampshaded when Johnny and Lil go on a walk... and talk. After a very long time, they stop, look around and realize they must have left the city hours ago and are now out in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere.
--> '''Johnny:''' "Where the hell ''are'' we?"
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