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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 »



(screenplay), (original story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ann Winters / Penelope Ryan
... Oliver Lawrence
... Johnny Kelly (as Patrick Brook)
... Harry Fabian
... Biggy Biggsworth
... Mammy
Joline Westbrook ... Jennifer Lawrence
... Bobby Breen
... Baby Sandy
... Alfalfa (as 'Alfalfa' Switzer)
... Spanky McFarland (as 'Spanky' McFarland)
Kenneth Brown ... Buddy (as Butch and Buddy)
Billy Lenhart ... Butch (as Butch and Buddy)
... Cora Sue Collins
... 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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Hear the Hit-Tune of the Day "Johnny Doughboy"! See more »


Adventure | Musical


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Release Date:

31 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ela Quer Ser Mulher  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Bobby Breen. See more »


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


Better Not Roll Those Blue, Blue Eyes
Written by Al Goodhart and Kay Twomey
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A rather sad film in many ways.
20 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

The star of "Johnny Doughboy" is Jane Withers though she is assisted with several has-been child actors...kids who, in the film, are essentially called has-beens and lament that the studios don't want them any more! Talk about sad and depressing!!

The story begins with Jane Winters (Withers) tiring of her life as a celebrity and she wants some time off from making films. So, this headstrong (and somewhat unlikable) lady disappears. Her agent (William Demarest) handles this by having an EXACT double pretend to be Winters. But when a group of has-been child actors approach her (assuming she is Jane) and want her to help out with the show, this double doesn't know what to do. In the meantime, the real Jane gets involved with a VERY creepy situation....she goes to live with a 40-something year old man! Talk about weird!!

Apart from seeing a few children having a last hurrah, there isn't a lot to love about this film. And, some of the kids were a bit sad to watch as well...with Bobby Breen talking in such a high pitched teenage voice he sounded like he'd just inhaled helium and Alfalfa singing like he used to...which is sad when you're no longer young and cute. Overall, it's not terrible...but it's also not very good and has too many song and dance numbers and perhaps I would have enjoyed NOT seeing these awkward out of work children once more.

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