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Johnny Come Lately (1943)

 -  Drama  -  3 September 1943 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Richards
Grace George ...
Vinnie McLeod (as Miss Grace George)
Marjorie Main ...
'Gashouse' Mary
Edward McNamara ...
W.M. Dougherty
William Henry ...
Pete Dougherty (as Bill Henry)
Robert Barrat ...
Bill Swain
George Cleveland ...
Willie Ferguson
Myrtle Ferguson
Norman Willis ...
Dudley Hirsh
Lucien Littlefield ...
Edwin Stanley ...
Irving Bacon ...
Chief of Police
Tom Dugan ...
First Cop


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3 September 1943 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 9, 1948 with James Cagney reprising his film role. See more »

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Vagabond Crusader
1 May 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This curious film is one of the James Cagney films I like the best. For a Cagney film it's slow. I think Cagney was nostalgic for the period in time when he was growing up and Johnny Come Lately captures that slower pace of life people enjoyed before World War I.

Cagney plays Tom Richards who was a newspaperman before the life of the open road suddenly appealed to him. We first meet him, seedy and unshaven, sitting on a bench in the town square reading the Pickwick Papers. The town is in the grip of Boss Daugherty played by Edward McNamara. Daugherty has whittled whatever opposition he faced down to Vinnie McLeod who is a widow and owns a badly in debt town newspaper. Daugherty got the mortgage and he's about to close in the best tradition of 19th century villainy. Vinnie meets Richards and brings him to her home. One of her charitable traditions is to give passing hobos a decent meal and Cagney gets one and in turn learns about the town politics. By the end of the film all's right and Cagney moves on, having changed a whole number of lives in the process.

Vinnie McLeod is played by Grace George, a prominent stage actress who makes her one and only movie here. She's very good and other supporting players who acquit themselves well are Hattie McDaniel, Marjorie Lord, Robert Barrat and most of all Marjorie Main playing Gashouse Mary.

This film was obviously a labor of love for James Cagney and it shows.

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