Genre Guesstimation – Johnny Come Lately (1943)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“[reading case docket] Vagrancy, wife beating…” – Court Baliff

[interjecting] That’s a newfangled sort of crime. In my day men didn’t beat their wives. The wives had pistols.” – Vinnie McLeod

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A young newspaper man comes to a small town and decides to help a local woman keep her fledgling paper afloat despite the fact that the larger paper in town wants to shut them down.

My Take on it – James Cagney is great in this film.

His character’s persona is so cheerful and helpful that it actually gives the viewer a powerful feeling because of how he acts.

The overall story about a small newspaper trying to be closed by a larger, corrupt one isn’t new and innovative, but the way that things play out here helps make it quite enjoyable to watch unfold.

The dialogue helps keep things quite engaging the whole way through.

The film was nominated for an Oscar for best Musical Score, yet failed to win.

In addition to Cagney, this movie has a nice cast, but Hattie McDaniel stands out here among them all.

The story is a bit predictable, but it still manages to stay interesting throughout.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie is produced by William Cagney, James Cagney’s younger brother. William produced several of his brother’s movies including City for Conquest (1940), Blood on the Sun (1945), The Time of Your Life (1948), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950), and A Lion Is in the Streets (1953). He was credited as an associate producer on Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). He also handled his brother’s business affairs, negotiating several of his Hollywood studio contracts. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. Great premise that plays out pretty well, but feels as if something is missing that would catapult it even higher.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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