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You never told me you knew Johnny Fontane

Kay Adams:
Michael, you never told me you knew Johnny Fontane!
Michael:
Sure, you want to meet him?
Kay Adams:
Well, yeah! Sure.
Michael:
My father helped him with his career.
Kay Adams:
How did he do that?
Michael:
...Let's listen to the song.
Kay Adams:
[after listening to Johnny for a while]
Tell me, Michael. Please.
Michael:
Well, when Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to a personal services contract with this big-band leader. And as his career got better and better, he wanted to get out of it. But the band leader wouldn't let him. Now, Johnny is my father's godson. So my father went to see this bandleader and offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but the bandleader said no. So the next day, my father went back, only this time with Luca Brasi. Within an hour, he had a signed release for a certified check of $1000.
Kay Adams:
How did he do that?
Michael:
My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
Kay Adams:
What was that?
Michael:
Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.
Kay Adams:
...
Michael:
...That's a true story.
[cut to Johnny singing again for about 10 more seconds before going back to Michael]

Michael:
That's my family Kay, that's not me.

Transcript:
You never said
you knew Johnny Fontane!
- Sure. You want to meet him?
- Great! Sure.
- My father helped him with his career.
- He did?
How?
(JOHNNY SINGING
I HAVE BUT ONE HEART)
- Let's listen to this song.
- Michael...
(WOMEN SCREAMING)
Please, Michael. Tell me.
When Johnny was starting out, he was
signed to a personal service contract
with a big bandleader.
And as his career got better and better,
he wanted to get out of it.
Johnny is my father's godson.
My father went to see this bandleader.
He offered him $10,000
to let Johnny go,
but the bandleader said no.
So the next day my father went to see
him, but this time with Luca Brasi.
Within an hour,
he signed a release
for a certified check of $1,000.
- How did he do that?
- Made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
- What was that?
- Luca Brasi held a gun to his head,
and father said that either his brains or
his signature would be on the contract.
That's a true story.
(SINGING IN ITALIAN)
That's my family, Kay. It's not me.
(ALL APPLAUDING)
MAMA CORLEONE: Beautiful!
(INDISTINCT CHATTERING)

Clip duration: 184 seconds
Views: 28
Movie: The Godfather
Year: 1972
Genres: crime, drama
Summary: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.


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Actors

Kay Adams - Diane Keaton