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Janie (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, War | 2 September 1944 (USA)
Janie is a scatter-brained and high spirited teenage girl living in the small town of Hortonville. World War II causes the establishment of an army camp just outside town. Janie and her ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Agnes Christine Johnston (screenplay), Charles Hoffman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Reynolds ... Janie Conway
Robert Hutton ... Pfc. Dick Lawrence
Edward Arnold ... Charles Conway
Ann Harding ... Lucille Conway
Alan Hale ... Prof. Matthew Q. Reardon
Robert Benchley ... John Van Brunt
Clare Foley ... Elsbeth Conway
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Thelma Lawrence
Hattie McDaniel ... April - Conway's Maid
Richard Erdman ... Scooper Nolan (as Dick Erdman)
Jackie Moran ... Mickey - a Sailor
Ann Gillis ... Paula Rainey
Russell Hicks ... Col. Lucas - Commander Camp Wingate
Ruth Tobey Ruth Tobey ... Bernadine Dodd
Virginia Patton ... Carrie Lou
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Storyline

Janie is a scatter-brained and high spirited teenage girl living in the small town of Hortonville. World War II causes the establishment of an army camp just outside town. Janie and her bobby soxer friends have their hearts set aflutter by the prospect of so many young soldiers residing nearby. Which fella will they choose? But if Janie's family has a say in the matter... Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Special-prints of JANIE have already been delivered ---gratis---to the Army, for showing to men in combat areas, isolated outposts and Red Cross hospitals. (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Janie Tem Dois Namorados See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu Lake, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. had plans for a series of "Janie" films, but those plans were shelved when Joyce Reynolds married and temporarily retired. However, due to the popularity of this film, Warner made one more - Janie Gets Married (1946) with Joan Leslie playing the lead. See more »

Goofs

When Janie approaches Elsbeth to put money in her piggy bank to keep her quiet, a moving shadow of the camera rig is visible on the wall to the right as it moves forward. See more »

Connections

References Rhapsody in Blue (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

They're Either Too Young or Too Old
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Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Barbara Brown and Robert Benchley
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Sort of like the Hardy family...but with lots of crack!
19 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

According to TCM, "Janie" was made by Warner Brothers to try to cash in on the success of MGM's Andy Hardy series. Like the Hardy films, "Janie" features a goofy teenager, a well respected father who is often flummoxed, a mother, a sister and a housekeeper....though the father here, Charles Conway (Edward Arnold) seemed a bit more flummoxed as "Janie" seems a bit more likely to make it to second base than Andy.

Joyce Reynolds stars as the title character. She only made about a dozen films, so it's safe to say that the series never caught on. In fact, they only made one other film in the series...but with Joan Leslie playing the character. The film's main plot involves Janie's two romances--with her classmate, 'Scooper' as well as a soldier waiting to be shipped out, Dick.

To me, "Janie" is only a bit like the Hardy films. Yes, the family constellation is similar but much more shrill and chaotic...sort of like if the Hardys were all crack addicts!! So, the emphasis is less on charm and more on barraging the audience with crazy antics. I am not saying it's necessarily bad...but it's not the Hardys. Some of this is due to the super-bratty little sister...a plot device that wears thin after a while. The sing-a-long in the second half of the film is also problematic--making it seem more like an overtly patriotic film instead of the subtle Harady-style film. And, unlike Andy, you can imagine Janie making it way past first or second base--especially with all those lusty soldiers hanging about during the party sequence! Overall, the film is a moderately enjoyable time passer and nothing more.


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