One of many of Van Johnson
's movies where he is in the military. Some have branded him a draft dodger not being in the military during WWII, but after a car crash in 1943 where he sustained such a serious head injury that he had a plate put in his skull he was classified 4-F ("unfit for military service"). He had scars that were covered for movies by heavy makeup but he didn't for The Caine Mutiny
(1954). Johnson felt that showing scars gave more credence to his naval character. See more
Champion of all the cities of the earth is the towering golden city of New York. It looms higher than any town of man before. Within its giant walls and steel sinews are more enterprises, more people, more mystery, and more music than were ever known before. Its windows are like the leaves of a mighty forest, and its streets are filled with wonder. Our story begins on a spring morning in May 1942 as the people of this remarkable city start to live and work another day.