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info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)

PostTue Aug 29, 2017 5:22 pm

A United Artists film, is this now in the Public Domain?
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Re: info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)

PostTue Aug 29, 2017 5:50 pm

It's an NTA/Republic title now part of the Paramount holdings, and since there were no DVD or BR releases prior to Olive's in 2014, I'd be inclined to say the copyright is valid.

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Re: info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)

PostWed Aug 30, 2017 9:57 am

thanks Harold. When you say Paramount, as JCL is a 1943 film do you refer to the Universal holdings of numerous Paramount material 1929-49, or just the current day incarnation of Paramount Studios.
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Re: info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)

PostWed Aug 30, 2017 12:31 pm

sepiatone wrote:thanks Harold. When you say Paramount, as JCL is a 1943 film do you refer to the Universal holdings of numerous Paramount material 1929-49, or just the current day incarnation of Paramount Studios.


JOHNNY COME LATELY was a independent production by William Cagney, released through United Artists. Many indie productions of the 40s and 50s released by majors like UA, Fox, Universal, Warner, Paramount, etc., even some MGM, wound up at various other studios, later acquired by others. It seems that NTA-Republic eventually got this, and Paramount later got the Republic library.

The Olive Blu-ray looks exceptionally good, with a very few out-of-focus shots (likely due to lack of retakes on a low budget). The movie itself is entertaining with a fine cast, if not what you'd call a timeless classic.
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Re: info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)

PostWed Aug 30, 2017 5:49 pm

thanks Chris.
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Re: info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)

PostWed Aug 30, 2017 6:24 pm

By definition, all United Artists releases until the early 1950s were independent productions released by UA. They were essentially a distributor/facilitator for independent producers as opposed to a studio in the traditional sense.

Because their general policy was to return all rights to the producer five years after production, you will not find a UA release prior to the 1950s that is still 'owned' by United Artists (unless it was subsequently purchased by a later incarnation of the company). In trying to sort out a right issues, the best place to start is the production company rather than UA itself. There is a full list of productions and their originating companies in Tino Balio's United Artists, Volume 1, 1919‑1950: The Company Built by the Stars.
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Re: info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)

PostThu Aug 31, 2017 3:12 pm

This is one of the William Cagney productions that was bought by Richard Feiner & Co. Others included KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE. Feiner sold the rights to the Cagney Productions and Milton Sperling Productions (United States Pictures) to Republic several years ago. Rights then acquired by Paramount as noted above. Ancillary rights to all were retained by Richard Feiner & Co., so I assume son Phil Feiner is now administrator.
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