Johnny Come Lately

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.

Johnny Come Lately
Directed byWilliam K. Howard
Produced byWilliam Cagney
Screenplay byJohn Van Druten
Based onLouis Bromfield (1938 Novel "Mcleod's Folly")
StarringJames Cagney
Grace George
Marjorie Main
Music byLeigh Harline
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Edited byGeorge M. Arthur
William Cagney Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • September 3, 1943 (1943-09-03) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.4 million (US rentals)[1] or $2.4 million[2]


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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