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Johnny Come Lately [Blu-ray]


(William K. Howard, 1943)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: William Cagney Productions

Video: Olive Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:37:49.738 

Disc Size: 19,372,425,977 bytes

Feature Size: 19,242,307,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.04 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: May 6th, 2014



Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 890 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 890 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)






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Description: For his first independently-produced starring effort, James Cagney chose the sentimental drama Johnny Come Lately. Cagney plays itinerant newspaperman Tom Richards, who wanders into a small corruption-ridden town. Striking up a friendship with elderly Vinnie McLeod (Grace George in her only movie appearance), the editor of the local newspaper, Tom tries to help Vinnie exposed the community's crooked politicians. He is thwarted in his efforts until Gashouse Mary (Marjorie Main), a wealthy dowager with a shady past, exposes the machinations behind a phony Orphan's Fund. At the insistence of star Cagney, the cast of Johnny Come Lately was filled with familiar character actors (Hattie McDaniel, Edward McNamara, George Cleveland, Margaret Hamilton, Lucien Littlefield) who are herein offered a lot more screen time than was customary. Based on the Louis Bromfield novel McLeod's Folly, Johnny Come Lately was produced by Cagney's brother William; the film garnered an Oscar nomination for Leigh Harline's nostalgic musical score.



The Film:

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 Bill 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.

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Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Johnny Come Lately has another one of Olive's modest Blu-ray transfers. This is only single-layered with a decent bitrate. It looks good - clean and crisp with some nicely layered contrast. Generally the image is consistent. Visually, it is very solid, but never stellar - there is no depth but the Blu-ray gave me an acceptable presentation. I see a smattering of textures and saw no flaws.















Audio :

Authentic 1.0 channel mono track via a DTS-HD Master at a lowly 890 kbps. It exports the films sound competently. The score by Leigh Harline (Pickup on South Street, 23 Paces to Baker Street, House of Bamboo, Broken Lance) seems to benefit occasionally sounding crisp.  There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.



Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with all of their releases now.



I love old films and this has something to offer. I didn't find it exceptional in any way - but I still liked it. Cagney is Cagney - with a twist. The Blu-ray is typical Olive - bare-bones with a competent transfer that excels over SD. I'd have to say, again though, for what is here - the price seem exorbitant to me. I'd only recommend to very big fans of Cagney or of vintage films. 

Gary Tooze

April 27th, 2014


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