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Johnny Doughboy (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Musical | 31 December 1942 (USA)
An arrogant young actress doesn't want to play "young" parts anymore, and runs off. The studio replaces her with the president of her fan club, who just happens to be a lookalike. Meanwhile... See full summary »


John H. Auer


Lawrence Kimble (screenplay), Frederick Kohner (original story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Withers ... Ann Winters / Penelope Ryan
Henry Wilcoxon ... Oliver Lawrence
Jack Boyle Jr. ... Johnny Kelly (as Patrick Brook)
William Demarest ... Harry Fabian
Ruth Donnelly ... Biggy Biggsworth
Etta McDaniel ... Mammy
Joline Westbrook Joline Westbrook ... Jennifer Lawrence
Bobby Breen ... Bobby Breen
Baby Sandy ... Baby Sandy
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa (as 'Alfalfa' Switzer)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky McFarland (as 'Spanky' McFarland)
Kenneth Brown Kenneth Brown ... Buddy (as Butch and Buddy)
Billy Lenhart Billy Lenhart ... Butch (as Butch and Buddy)
Cora Sue Collins ... Cora Sue Collins
Robert Coogan ... Bobby Coogan


An arrogant young actress doesn't want to play "young" parts anymore, and runs off. The studio replaces her with the president of her fan club, who just happens to be a lookalike. Meanwhile, some other former child actors, trying to put on a show for the GIs, will be able to do it only if they can get the young actress to be in it, so they set out to persuade her to be in their show--not knowing that she's isn't who they think she is. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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JANE'S GOT A HEAVY DATE...WITH THE ARMY!...She's leading the parade backed by four million strong!...All out for fun in the biggest musical hit of the season!... See more »


Adventure | Musical


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Release Date:

31 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ela Quer Ser Mulher See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of Bobby Breen. See more »


Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »


All Done, All Through
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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A sad but true story of child stars.
1 February 2017 | by drsmith1966See all my reviews

This movie really got to me. seeing those kid stars almost begging for a job and singing about their career ending did not help me enjoy the rest of the film. They were given a small part and then they were seen no more..even at the end when the show is done for the troops the kids are not even in it...very bad ending indeed..this movie does not put a smile on your face at all.Bobby Breen gave his last appearance in this film. Spanky too faded away after this..Alfalfa did last for other movies but we all know how he ended in 1959..most of these child stars are not even talked about today..This has been the Hollywood curse for many years. and was worst back then.

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