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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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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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Waiter
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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Their FIRST TIME together...proves the LAST WORD in ROMANCE! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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31 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aviomies käteisellä  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Smith comes up with an idea for his writing called, "Without Love". In 1945, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn starred in Without Love, about two scientists entering into a loveless marriage. 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

Barton Kendrick: Well what are we going to do?
Johnny Jones: We are going to take what's left to us. Why we haven't even a minute to waste on being sad. Come on. Let's hurry.
Barton Kendrick: Well where should we go?
Johnny Jones: Oh I don't care. Just so there are people and music and we can be gay.
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Referenced in The Great American Mug (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

There is a Tavern in the Town
(1891) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by F.J. Adams
Played as background music in Ye Indian Inne
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From bored to adored
12 January 2011 | by (South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

I was a little bored with the first half hour of this film, but a well-written turn of events sends this movie in the right direction. It mixes a few classic themes (marry vs. deportation, country comes to town, wealth vs poverty, town goes to country, etc...) that could have made this movie completely formulaic. However, formula goes out the door with Jimmy Stewart's charm and Hedy Lamarr's stunning beauty.

Once both characters spend screen time together, consistently, the energy of this slightly screwball romantic comedy picks up quickly. The grandmother is all wisdom, wit, and heart. Her common sense needlework samplers are artfully placed and still hold true today. The grandmother's calm voice, the sound of crickets chirping, and the other country nuances slow down the pace to a level that seems so foreign to an actress like Hedy Lamarr. She seems so out of place, but that is what makes her so enjoyable to watch. She melts slowly from the WWII city girl ice queen fugitive until she's relaxed and calm as if she can go home again, but this time to a slice of Americana rather than Austria and with a moral upstanding young man if that's the choice she's willing to make.

This has just been made available for purchase on DVD. It's now on my "to buy" list and certainly worth a watch on TCM if you enjoy this genre and these wonderfully magnetic actors.


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