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Come Live with Me (1941)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  31 January 1941 (USA)
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Seeking US citizenship, a Viennese refugee arranges a marriage of convenience with a struggling writer.

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Bill Smith
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Johnny Jones
Ian Hunter ...
Barton Kendrick
Verree Teasdale ...
Diana Kendrick
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Joe Darsie
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Barney Grogan
Edward Ashley ...
Arnold Stafford
Ann Codee ...
Yvonne
King Baggot ...
Doorman
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
Grandma (as Adeline de Walt Reynolds)
Frank Orth ...
Jerry
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Horace McMahon ...
Taxi Driver (as Horace MacMahon)
Greta Meyer ...
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Storyline

Illegal immigrant and showgirl Johnny Jones is due to be deported from the USA, her only hope is to get married, but her rich publisher boyfriend Barton Kendrick is already married! She meets down-on-his-luck author, Bill Smith, and proposes a marriage of convenience in order to remain in the country, but Bill has more ambitious ideas. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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31 January 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

The title came from Christopher Marlowe's poem "The Passionate Shepherd". It begins, "Come Live With me, and be my love..." See more »

Goofs

When Johnny first visits Bill's apartment, the hanging light above his typewriter appears on or off (inconsistently) in various shots. See more »

Quotes

Grandma: Sit down, Miss Jones. There where I can see you.
Johnny Jones: Thank you.
Grandma: Pretty, aren't you?
Johnny Jones: [embarrassed] oh!
Grandma: Never mind me. When you get old, time is too precious to waste. If people are pretty, you tell them so. And you're pretty.
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Referenced in Main Street Today (1944) See more »

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William Tell Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini (uncredited)
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A pleasant trifle makes good vehicle for Hedy and Stewart...
10 April 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

COME LIVE WITH ME manages to be a charming trifle of a romantic comedy that gives HEDY LAMARR and JAMES STEWART a chance to prove that they may have seemed like an unlikely pair but have sparkling chemistry with each other.

Hedy is incredibly beautiful (as always) as a woman who must find a husband quickly or be deported. On a rainy night, she and Stewart meet accidentally in a fast food diner, and immediately she decides that this penniless bachelor will have to do. She makes a strictly business proposition with the man, a writer down on his luck, which he rather readily accepts--and a loveless marriage is negotiated so that she can wed Stewart, stay in the country longer, and then wed IAN HUNTER, who intends to divorce his wife.

It's all rather silly and highly improbable. The deepening relationship between Stewart and Lamarr is never really fleshed out so that the viewer can expect to see hints of romance developing. Instead, after his story is accepted by a publisher (Hunter), Stewart decides to whisk Lamarr off to the country to meet his grandmother in a picture perfect rural setting. Naturally, love develops quickly and before you know it, Ian Hunter is out of the running as Hedy's prospective mate.

The most original element in the story has to do with fireflies and Hedy's decision to use a flashlight "to attract a mate".

It's an unassuming little comedy/romance, nicely played by the two leads and given good support by ADELINE DeWALT REYNOLDS as the grandma with her platitudes on plaques, VERREE TEASDALE as the publisher's open minded wife, DONALD MEEK as a park bum and FRANK FAYLEN as a tough talking counterman at a diner.

Clarence Brown must be commended for getting a relaxed and assured performance from Lamarr, who never looked lovelier. Stewart is his usual earnest self, especially good in some comic reaction shots.


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