Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond) (1943) - Rotten Tomatoes

Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond) (1943)




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James Cagney stars as a nomadic sort who helps a newspaperman expose small-town political corruption in this comedy also known as Johnny Vagabond.


James Cagney
as Tom Richards
Grace George
as Vinnie McLeod (in opening credits) (as Miss Grace George)
Marjorie Main
as 'Gashouse' Mary
Edward McNamara
as W.W. Dougherty
William Henry
as Pete Dougherty
Robert H. Barrat
as Bill Swain
George Cleveland
as Willie Ferguson
Margaret Hamilton
as Myrtle Ferguson
Norman Willis
as Dudley Hirsh
Edwin Stanley
as Winterbottom
Irving Bacon
as Chief of Police
Tom Dugan
as 1st Cop
John Sheehan
as 3rd Cop
Clarence Muse
as Dougherty's Butler
Victor Kilian
as Tramp in Box Car
Henry Hall
as Old Timer
Joseph Crehan
as Judge Flynn
Alec Craig
as Court Bailiff
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

These pleasures would have been all but impossible to manufacture in any of the large studios, for they are given their warmth and life by the pleasure that the Cagneys' large cast and the whole production outfit [took in the film].

June 8, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Whatever elements of suspense, action and motivation the Louis Bromfield book, McLeod's Folly, may have held to attract the Cagney production staff, the screen treatment which has emerged is, for the most part, familiar melodrama.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Following Yankee Doodle Dandy, it hurts to see Mr. Cagney wasting his excellent talent on such a curiously second-rate film.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

The acting, direction, dialogue and photography for the most part are unpolished.

June 8, 2016 | Full Review…

A strong performance from James Cagney and a fine supporting cast lift this otherwise unexceptional newspaper picture.

June 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's pleasant enough, and the period sets and costumes are quite authentic, but it never catches fire.

June 8, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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