Johnny Come Lately

Johnny Come Lately

James Cagney
Director: William Howard Cast: James Cagney
James Cagney
, Grace George
Grace George
, Marjorie Main
Marjorie Main
William Howard


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For his first independently-produced starring effort, James Cagney chose the sentimental drama Johnny Come Lately. Cagney plays itinerant newspaperman Tom Richards, who wanders into a small corruption-ridden town. Striking up a friendship with elderly Vinnie McLeod (Grace George in her only movie appearance), the editor of the local newspaper, Tom tries to help Vinnie exposed the community's crooked politicians. He is thwarted in his efforts until Gashouse Mary (Marjorie Main), a wealthy dowager with a shady past, exposes the machinations behind a phony Orphan's Fund. At the insistence of star Cagney, the cast of Johnny Come Lately was filled with familiar character actors (Hattie McDaniel, Edward McNamara, George Cleveland, Margaret Hamilton, Lucien Littlefield) who are herein offered a lot more screen time than was customary. Based on the Louis Bromfield novel McLeod's Folly, Johnny Come Lately was produced by Cagney's brother William; the film garnered an Oscar nomination for Leigh Harline's nostalgic musical score.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2014
UPC: 0887090077408
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 35,279

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Tom Richards
Grace George Vinnie McLeod
Marjorie Main Gashouse Mary
Marjorie Lord Jane
Hattie McDaniel Aida
Edward McNamara W.M. Dougherty
Robert H. Barrat Bill Swain
George Cleveland Willie Ferguson
Margaret Hamilton Myrtle Ferguson
Norman Willis Dudley Hirsh
Lucien Littlefield Blaker
Edwin Stanley Winterbottom
Irving Bacon Chief of Police
Tom Dugan First Cop
Charles Irwin Second Cop
John Sheehan Third Cop
Clarence Muse Dougherty's Butler
Arthur Hunnicutt Second Tramp
Victor Kilian Tramp in Box Car
Wee Willie Davis Bouncer
Henry Hall Old Timer
William Henry Pete Dougherty
John Miller First Tramp
Joseph Crehan Judge Flynn
Alec Craig Court Bailiff

Technical Credits
William Howard Director
George Arthur Editor
William Cagney Producer
Lowell J. Farrell Asst. Director
Leigh Harline Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Jack Okey Art Director
Theodor Sparkuhl Cinematographer
John Van Druten Screenwriter

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