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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
William Terry ...
Johnny Moore
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Mrs. Collins
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Jack
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Judge
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Sally
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CPO Jeff Daniels
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Irene
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George
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Shrew
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Mr. Collins
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Gladys
Jerry Maren ...
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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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Comedy | Romance | War

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And So They Were Married  »

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Alice Means Reeve's story originally appeared in Liberty Magazine. 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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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

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Frère Jacques
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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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Simon Says What?
7 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore" is a wartime comedy that centers around the housing shortage. From the very beginning, the film falls flat for two reasons. Firstly, the star is Simone Simon, whose French accent is distracting. More importantly, her nominal understanding of the English language derails some lines that could be funnier if she knew where to place emphases.

But the bulk of the blame lies with the script, which might have done better as a play. Most of the gags are almost humorless. I doubt that any actress could have made a winner of this collection of overworked and uninspired lines.

The "hijinks" begin when Simon (Kathie Aumont) spills a salt shaker. A gremlin emerges and, as everyone supposedly knows, it curses her with seven weeks of bad luck. So begins her crusade to find a place to live. She locates a temporary residence, but her privacy is invaded by a long line of people who also have keys to the premises. She reacts to this in various ways that have no apparent rhyme or reason.

The film's ending, which is supposed to be a big reveal, probably had theatergoers saying "What?" or "So what?".


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