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Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 8 July 1944 (USA)
A young girl rents an apartment from a man who has recently enlisted in the Marines. The trouble is that he's given out keys to a half-dozen of his friends, and they all keep dropping in.

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Kathie Aumont
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Mike O'Brien
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Johnny Moore
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Mrs. Collins
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Sally
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Dorothy Granger ...
Irene
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Mr. Collins
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Gladys
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Kathie Aumont has just arrived in the big city to work at a defense plant. When the promised accommodation with her friend Sally falls through, Kathie is forced to find somewhere else to live in the city where there is a virtually zero vacancy. She is able to finagle renting the apartment of Johnny Moore, who is just heading off into the marines. What Johnny forgets to tell her before he leaves is that he has given his apartment key to many of his enlisted friends for them to be able to use the apartment whenever they are in town. As such, Kathie never knows who she's going to find in the apartment. Complications ensue when Kathie falls for two of them, and they with her. One of them is Mike O'Brien, a navy sailor and notorious womanizer. The other is Johnny himself, Kathie and he who had a moment before he left and who comes home unexpectedly on a twenty-four hour pass. It gets even more complicated when one of the apartment keys gets into the wrong hands. All these complications are... Written by Huggo

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They've Got Her On A MERRY-GO-ROUND...and she can't get off!

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When Kathie is shown going to work the first day, stock footage of Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighters on an assembly line is shown. See more »

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When Kathie is leaving for her first day at work in the aircraft factory, she is already wearing her company ID badge - which she would not have received already without appearing in person first, for security reasons. See more »

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Traditional French nursery rhyme
Performed by Simone Simon
Kathie sings the song as she walks from the Collins' apartment to her own
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"Ever seen a kangaroo dance?"
24 May 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I adore Simone Simon. She's just as cute as a button isn't she? Obviously she's most remembered today for Cat People and (maybe) The Devil and Daniel Webster, but this is a rare starring role for her in a wartime romantic comedy. She plays a superstitious girl from Quebec who comes to Washington, DC to work at a defense plant. When her roommate gets married, she's left without a place to stay. She lucks out when she meets a Marine about to ship out. He gives her the key to his apartment to stay there while he's away. But what he fails to tell her is that he's also given keys to some of his friends so they have a place to crash when they are in town. This leads to several comedic situations where the men show up unannounced and the nosy neighbor lady gets all the wrong ideas. Then it's just a wait to see which lucky guy Simone winds up with in the end. You will NOT guess, let me assure you of that!

Simone is absolutely charming in this and funny, too. Her thick accent may make her hard to understand at times but who cares -- she's irresistible! James Ellison and William Terry play the main two guys who fall for her. Both seem kind of plain and uninteresting, which hurts the movie overall. Robert Mitchum appears in a small role that's been overstated in publicity due to his becoming a big star years after this. Horror movie staple Rondo Hatton has a 'blink and you'll miss him' bit as an undertaker. In a sad piece of trivia, this is the last screen appearance of Billy Laughlin, who played Froggy in the Our Gang shorts. Laughlin retired from movies after this and, four years later, was killed when a truck hit him while riding a motor scooter with a friend.

It's a flimsy story but it's helped greatly by Simone's sparkling screen presence and a great twist ending. Love the little bits of business involving the gremlin Rumpelstilzken, voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc. The lack of a strong male actor who had good chemistry with Simone is the film's biggest flaw. Still, if you're a fan of hers or just a fan of light comedies from the '40s, you will probably enjoy this one.


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