Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond)
Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond) (1943)

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

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 3, 1943
DVD Release Date: September 9, 1990
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TIME Magazine

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].

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Edgar Anstey
The Spectator

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

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Richard Luck

A good film and a fine introduction to Cagney's otherwise explosive oeuvre.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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TV Guide

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

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