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Come Live with Me (1941)

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


Clarence Brown


Patterson McNutt (screenplay), Virginia Van Upp (original story)

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Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Bill Smith
Hedy Lamarr ... Johnny Jones
Ian Hunter ... Barton Kendrick
Verree Teasdale ... Diana Kendrick
Donald Meek ... Joe Darsie
Barton MacLane ... 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
Frank Faylen ... Waiter
Horace McMahon ... Taxi Driver (as Horace MacMahon)
Greta Meyer ... Frieda


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 »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

31 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aviomies käteisellä See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 2, 1943 with Hedy Lamarr reprising her film role. See more »


When Bill exits the garage with his new car, the feet of the camera crew can be seen reflected on the car. See more »


Bill Smith: [as he and Johnny enter his apartment] It's just a little place, but its dreary.
[Pointing out his empty book case]
Bill Smith: If you want to browse among my books, the pawnshop's just around the corner.
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Referenced in Main Street on the March! (1941) See more »


Come Live With Me
(1599) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Hatton
Lyrics are from a poem by Christopher Marlowe (1599)
Played during the opening credits
Performed by an unidentified male singer
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Hedy Glamour
29 December 2005 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I loved every frame of this 1941 light romantic comedy when Hedy Lamarr is paired with Jimmy Stewart.It has been said so many times before but Hedy had such beauty both in body and spirit that it is almost worth seeing a film with her in it just to gape in awe at her.I am gradually building up my collection of Hedy's films which include Exctacy (1933), Algiers (1938), Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) and Dishonored Lady (1947).We must not forget that she also had intelligence and invented in 1942, at the height of her Hollywood career, a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance that was two decades ahead of its time which with a colleague, she patented.

In this film Hedy has overstayed her visitor's visa and the immigration officials are on to her.This is unfortunate for her in war time as she would have to return to her native Vienna.Of course as the good natured immigration official suggests, if she could find a husband within the week he decides to turn a blind eye, she could stay in America.Cue Jimmy Stuart failed writer who has the rejection slips and pawn tickets piling up in his flat.Can he meet this week's rent?Hedy has an idea.She requests he writes down his weekly expenditure and she will pay him regular amounts based on this budget in consideration of a civil marriage of convenience, thus avoiding deportation.Jimmy Stewart will regard as an accumulating loan until such time as his novel is sold to the publisher's and he will have enough money to pay off the debt.The coincidence is that his publisher (Ian Hunter) is simultaneously having an affair with Hedy.She only visits him at his flat to pay him his regular instalment, so despite being husband and wife, at least in the eyes of the law, they never really have got to know one another.

As time goes by Jimmy is starting to care for Hedy and he invites her to visit his grandmother in the country where passions deepen.Hedy is still unsure at this stage and uses a ruse to phone her married sugar daddy Ian Hunter giving him directions where she is.It is night and Hedy and Jimmy both must go to their respective bedrooms but Jimmy keeps making excuses to stay in her bedroom before reluctantly leaving.Their bedrooms have a partial wall over which light can be seen so they can converse with one another when both in their beds.The Grandmother has a hobby of embroidering sayings all around her home some of which humorously fit the action on the screen.When Ian Hunter arrives at the address to fetch his mistress, guess who Hedy selects? What I find fascinating about Hedy in her film roles (apart from her obvious physical beauty) is her genuine Viennese accent, her honesty, integrity, and intelligence and she is every inch the lady.

In 2013 I wrote a general amendment to this and other user comments which also applies to those actresses whose films I have already commented on IMDb.com in recent years.My love goddess/film actresses are Margaret Lockwood, Jennifer Jones, Vivien Leigh, Hedy Lamarr & Ava Gardner.Perhaps you will notice they were all dark brunette 1940s (& 50s) stars.It occurred to me that there should be one defining film which perfectly encapsulates for me their intrinsic personality, talent glamour & intellect.These are my choices after years of deliberation: Margaret Lockwood - "The Wicked Lady" (1945), Jennifer Jones - "Portrait Of Jennie" (1948), Vivien Leigh - "That Hamilton Woman" (1941, Hedy Lamarr - H.M.Pulman esq (1945, Ava Gardner "One Touch of Venus" (1948).

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