Johnny Come Lately

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Johnny Come Lately
Johnny Come Lately FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by William K. Howard
Produced by William Cagney
Written by Louis Bromfield (Novel)
Screenplay by John Van Druten
Starring James Cagney
Grace George
Marjorie Main
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography Theodor Sparkuhl
Edited by George M. Arthur
William Cagney Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • September 3, 1943 (1943-09-03) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.4 million (US rentals)[1] or $2.4 million[2]

Johnny Come Lately is a 1943 drama film directed by William K. Howard starring James Cagney, Grace George and Marjorie Main. It was the first film produced by William Cagney Productions in March 1943.


In 1906, Tom Richards (James Cagney), a drifter, arrives in Plattsville and befriends newspaper proprietor Vinnie McLeod (Grace George), who is battling the corruption of the town's leading citizen W.M. Dougherty (Edward McNamara). He takes over as managing editor of the Plattsville "Shield and Banner" and, despite initial resistance from the oppressed citizens, finally drives Dougherty out of town.



  1. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  2. ^ Balio, Tino (2009). United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0-299-23004-3.  p217

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