Johnny Come Lately - Film. A lot of people have said it, and Orson Welles said it best of all, that no man alive has every behaved the way James Cagney did on screen. As the Citizen Kane director was keen to add, no matter how exteme the actor's playing, the diminutive performer's every action feels true. This combination of the highly unrealistic and the compellingly real isn't that evident in Johnny Come Friendly, and it's for this reason that William Howard's film is a better entry point for those new to this hugely important actor than, say, his to- the- edge turns in The Public Enemy or White Heat. While traveling around the country, our vagabond hero chances upon a town that's at the mercy of corrupt politician WM Dougherty (Mac. Namara). Can Tom rally the weary troops and convince them to take a stand? Or will 'Boss' Dougherty's reign continue to go unchecked?
Film review of Johnny Come Lately (1943), aka Johnny Vagabond, directed by William K. Howard, and starring James Cagney, Grace George, Marjorie Main.
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Johnny come lately, Johnny le vagabond, 1943, James Cagney, Grace George, Marjorie Main, Marjorie Lord, Hattie McDaniel, Edward McNamara, William Henry. Johnny le Vagabond, un film Am. Naviguez sans publicit. July 17, 1899 - March 30, 1986. 2000 Angela's Ashes 1993 L'Oeil de Vichy. 1943 Johnny Come Lately aka Johnny Vagabond (UK JCL) 1943 Show Business at War. Title: Johnny Come Lately (1943) 6.8 /10. Want to share IMDb's.
One of Cagney's favourite films, Johnny Come Lately is far removed from the hard- hitting gangster pictures with which he's most closely associated. Not that we don't get to see Jimmy throw hands. But if you want to see the Oscar- winner at his fiercest, you'll have to look elsewhere. Even at his most restrained, it's easy to appreciate what Welles and countless other critics were getting out. Does Cagney make a convincing human being? But is he a compelling cinematic force? Hattie Mc. Daniel, who won an Academy Award for her rather degrading role in Gone With The Wind is on hand as are Grace George (a stage actress who only two motion pictures), Marjorie Main and Edward Mac.
Namara who's very good as the bad guy of the piece. As for the off- camera talent, William K Howard directs in a pretty perfunctory manner while the best thing about DP Theodor Sparkhul is his highly improbable name. That the staging is pretty impressive isn't so a huge problem, however, when your leading man is a human fireworks display. From fistfights with railway workers to a spell on a chain gang, Mitch's harsh experiences as a teenage vagrant couldn't be further removed from the romance of Howard's picture.