Johnny Twennies, a newspaper columnist in present-day New York, is a jauntily cheerful, very friendly, totally honest and upstanding young man who happens to be completely oblivious to any technological or social changes in the past 70 years. He routinely uses telegrams, a manual typewriter, and a manual toaster, and to the pleasure and despair of his girlfriend conducts his personal life in correspondingly anachronistic style. One day he's threatened by criminals who want to plant a false news story. But they've never met anyone like him before...Written by
The name of the newspaper where Johnny works is the "New York Sun Telegram," a fictional New York City newspaper. On the page with Johnny's column are two interesting references, the first, "Wisconsin News," is directly over his column, and the second, an article entitled "Grocers View Hearst Film" is a reference to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who owned New York City newspapers, first called the New York Journal, and the New York American, and later merged to become the New York Journal American. Johnny promises his editor that he will scoop the Journal American. See more »
Johnny promises his editor that he will scoop the Journal American. Johnny's character is set in the 1920s, but the New York Journal American, a Hearst newspaper, did not exist until 1937, after the merger of two Hearst newspapers, the New York Journal, and the New York American. See more »
Oh, I see. You think the world owes you a living. Well you fell for that one, hook, line and sinker.
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I read Ebert's review of Man of the Century back in 1999, and wanted to see it ever since. Just noticed it on the Blockbuster new releases shelf and immediately forget what it was I went there for. What a treat this little gem is! The wisecracking dialogue, the homage to old movies, the snappy old songs and even some neat dance scenes contribute to the offbeat comedy. Unless you are a teenager with a 5 minute attention span and a chip on your shoulder, you will love this film.
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