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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 »

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Bobby Breen. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland
Music by Al Goodhart and Allan Roberts
Lyrics by Kay Twomey
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Post-Fox Withers
17 September 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

This was Jane Withers' first grown-up role after her child-star days had ended at her former studio, 20th Century Fox. She transitions nicely. William Demarest plays her conniving Hollywood agent, and a batch of other real-life ex-child stars help Jane put on a revue to benefit the war effort. The dialogue is very interesting– especially the way the grown-up performers discuss their earlier days in show biz. One of these poor souls is Baby Sandy, heading into retirement and kindergarten at the tender age of five! Henry Wilcoxon, who previously appeared in other Withers vehicles at Fox, also stars. He is said to have donated his entire salary to charity.


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