Swell Guy

Swell Guy is a 1946 American film directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Sonny Tufts and Ann Blyth. The film's screenplay by Richard Brooks is based on the 1921 play The Hero by Gilbert Emery.[1]

Swell Guy
Directed byFrank Tuttle
Produced byMark Hellinger
Screenplay byRichard Brooks
Based onThe Hero
(1921 play)
by Gilbert Emery
StarringSonny Tufts
Ann Blyth
Ruth Warrick
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyTony Gaudio
Edited byEdward Curtiss
Distributed byUniversal-International
Release date
  • December 5, 1946 (1946-12-05)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States


Almost no one in his California hometown knows what a scoundrel and cad Jim Duncan is. He has been away working as a war correspondent, but has lost his job and abandoned a wife.

Jim stays at his family's home for months for free, tricks people into paying his way, gambles and romantically pursues socialite Marian Tyler, even though she is seeing another man, Mike O'Connor. Her father is also the boss of Jim's brother, Martin.

Up to his old ways, running up debts, Jim is asked to leave by Sarah, his mother. He goes to Los Angeles, but is followed by Marian, who is pregnant by him. She realizes he does not love her. Mike offers to marry Marian, even though she is expecting another man's child.

Others continue to mistakenly believe Jim to be a nice guy, including his brother and also Tony, a nephew who idolizes him. Tony makes the mistake of emulating Jim one day, walking down a railroad track. Jim saves him just in time, but at the cost of his own life, leaving friends and relatives remembering him as "a swell guy."



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