Cinema: New Picture, Jan. 20, 1947

Swell Guy (Mark Hellinger; Universal-International) is a full-length portrait of a slob (Sonny Tufts). He is a famed, chaotically incompetent war correspondent who can fool practically everybody in the postwar world except his fellow reporters, his mother and, in rare, lucid moments, himself.

Stopping off to warm his ego in a hero-worshiping small town, he seduces the local belle (Ann Blyth), hornswoggles a keen judge of character, her father (John Litel), and cleans every small businessman along Main Street in a succession of crap games. In an expansive moment he also helps his...

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