Johnny Come Lately (1943)

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Tom Richards (James Cagney) is an ex newspaper reporter who decided to quit the rat race and live life on the road in a vagabond existence. Breezing into town one day with only two dollars and a copy of his beloved Pickwick Papers to his name, Tom happens upon dear old newspaper owner Vinnie McLeod (Grace George). Miss McLeod has a soft spot for tramps and urges Tom to get himself off the streets before he is arrested, but although he promises he will, he is soon rounded up and hauled before the court. Where Vinnie, upon learning of his reporting experience puts up the bond so Tom can keep out of jail and work for her at the Shield & Banner paper. It's here that Tom learns of corruption within the town by W.M. Dougherty (Edward McNamara) and promptly sets about using the press medium to out the dirt and free the town of its bad elements.


James Cagney as Tom Richards
Grace George as Vinnie McLeod
Marjorie Main as Gashouse Mary
Marjorie Lord as Jane
Hattie McDaniel as Aida
Edward McNamara as W.M. Dougherty
Robert Barrat as Bill Swain
George Cleveland as Willie Ferguson
Margaret Hamilton as Myrtle Ferguson
Lucien Littlefield as Blaker
Irving Bacon as Chief of Police
John 'Skins' Miller as First Tramp
Arthur Hunnicutt as Second Tramp
Victor Kilian as Tramp in Box Car
Wee Willie Davis as Bouncer

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