When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1943)

73-74 mins | Comedy-drama | 1 January 1943

Director:

Charles Lamont

Cinematographer:

George Robinson

Editor:

Charles Maynard

Production Designer:

John Goodman

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Johnny Comes Marching Home and When Johnny Comes Home . According to an Aug 1942 HR news item, the Andrews Sisters were originally cast in the picture, but did not appear in the released film. HR also reported that Howard Christie was originally assigned to this film as the assistant director, but was re-assigned to the Abbott and Costello film It Ain't Hay (See Entry) and was replaced on this film by Melville ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Johnny Comes Marching Home and When Johnny Comes Home . According to an Aug 1942 HR news item, the Andrews Sisters were originally cast in the picture, but did not appear in the released film. HR also reported that Howard Christie was originally assigned to this film as the assistant director, but was re-assigned to the Abbott and Costello film It Ain't Hay (See Entry) and was replaced on this film by Melville Shyer. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
26 Dec 1942.
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Daily Variety
18 Sep 1942.
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Daily Variety
21 Dec 42
p. 3, 8
Film Daily
24 Dec 42
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Aug 42
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Sep 42
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Sep 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Jan 43
p. 1090.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Jan 43
p. 1130.
New York Times
5 Mar 43
p. 20.
Variety
23 Dec 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
MUSIC
"When Johnny Come Marching Home" by Louis Lambert, adaptation by Buddy Kaye
"Jazz Etude" and "Red Sarafia," composers undetermined.
SONGS
"Say It with Dancing" and "This Is It," words and music by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
"We Must Be Vigilant," words and music by Edgar Leslie and Joseph A. Burke, based on "American Patrol" by F. W. Meacham
"One of Us Has Gotta Go," words and music by Inez James and Buddy Pepper
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SONGS
"Say It with Dancing" and "This Is It," words and music by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
"We Must Be Vigilant," words and music by Edgar Leslie and Joseph A. Burke, based on "American Patrol" by F. W. Meacham
"One of Us Has Gotta Go," words and music by Inez James and Buddy Pepper
"The Yanks Are Coming," words and music by Harry Seymour
"My Little Dream Girl," words and music by Anatol Friedland and L. Wolfe Gilbert
"This Is Worth Fighting For," words and music by Eddie DeLange and Sammy Stept
"You and the Night and the Music," music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Howard Dietz
"Romance," music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Edgar Leslie
"Green Eyes," music by Nilo Menéndez, lyrics by Adolfo Utrera, English lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Johnny Comes Marching Home
Release Date:
1 January 1943
Production Date:
21 September--mid October 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
24 November 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11696
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73-74
Length(in feet):
6,633
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8933
SYNOPSIS

War hero Johnny Kovacs returns home to a hero's welcome, but all the private wants to do on his furlough is eat a hot dog and sleep for a week. Instead, he is kept on a day-and-night personal appearance schedule. When he learns that the mayor's daughter, Diana Wellman, has falsely announced their engagement to the press, Johnny is given permission by his commander, Major Donaldson, to go into hiding for the remainder of his leave. He moves back into Nora Flanagan's boardinghouse using his old stage name, Johnny O'Rourke, and immediately draws the attention of Marilyn Benton, the teenage girl friend of Nora's son Frankie. Johnny, however, is more interested in Marilyn's older sister Joyce, who has taken his singing spot in Phil Spitalny's orchestra. At the Coronet Club, Johnny is surprised to learn that Phil now has an "all girl" orchestra, having lost his musicians to military service. Matters become further complicated for Johnny when he must hide from Joyce's boyfriend, Lt. Tommy Bridges, who was part of the military contingent that officially welcomed him back to the United States. Later, Joyce tries to get Johnny to perform with Phil's band at an Army-Navy relief benefit, while, at the same time, Donaldson calls Johnny to warn him that the Wellmans are looking all over town for him. The boarders overhear Johnny's end of the conversation and mistakenly assume that he is a military deserter in hiding. Afterward, Joyce will have nothing to do with Johnny until Marilyn convinces her sister that he needs her help to overcome his cowardice. Later, Joyce warns Johnny that the police have been to the ... +


War hero Johnny Kovacs returns home to a hero's welcome, but all the private wants to do on his furlough is eat a hot dog and sleep for a week. Instead, he is kept on a day-and-night personal appearance schedule. When he learns that the mayor's daughter, Diana Wellman, has falsely announced their engagement to the press, Johnny is given permission by his commander, Major Donaldson, to go into hiding for the remainder of his leave. He moves back into Nora Flanagan's boardinghouse using his old stage name, Johnny O'Rourke, and immediately draws the attention of Marilyn Benton, the teenage girl friend of Nora's son Frankie. Johnny, however, is more interested in Marilyn's older sister Joyce, who has taken his singing spot in Phil Spitalny's orchestra. At the Coronet Club, Johnny is surprised to learn that Phil now has an "all girl" orchestra, having lost his musicians to military service. Matters become further complicated for Johnny when he must hide from Joyce's boyfriend, Lt. Tommy Bridges, who was part of the military contingent that officially welcomed him back to the United States. Later, Joyce tries to get Johnny to perform with Phil's band at an Army-Navy relief benefit, while, at the same time, Donaldson calls Johnny to warn him that the Wellmans are looking all over town for him. The boarders overhear Johnny's end of the conversation and mistakenly assume that he is a military deserter in hiding. Afterward, Joyce will have nothing to do with Johnny until Marilyn convinces her sister that he needs her help to overcome his cowardice. Later, Joyce warns Johnny that the police have been to the boardinghouse, having traced Donaldson's phone call, and she asks him to give himself up. Rather than tell her why he is really wanted, Johnny becomes upset that all his closest friends think he is a coward. Still trying to make things right, Frankie goes to see Trullers, Wellman's secretary, and asks that his act be included in the benefit. Trullers agrees to cast Frankie's act if it will include Johnny. Before the show, Frankie confesses all to Johnny, and the singer tells the teenager that he has finally decided to "turn himself in." Thinking that Johnny is about to be arrested, Joyce rushes to his side and proclaims her love, only to learn that he is really Johnny Kovacs, the war hero. Tommy then tells Joyce why Johnny was in hiding, and she and Johnny are reunited. +

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