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When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1942)

War hero Johnny Kovacs works with his superiors to hide from a star crossed lover while on leave and falls in love while living at a boarding house.

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Charles Lamont
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan Jones ... Johnny Kovacs - aka Johnny O'Rourke
Jane Frazee ... Joyce Benton
Gloria Jean ... Marilyn Benton
Donald O'Connor ... Frankie Flanagan
Peggy Ryan ... Dusty
Richard Davies ... Lt. Tommy Bridges
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Hamilton Wellman
Marla Shelton ... Diana Wellman
Olin Howland ... Trullers (as Olin Howlin)
Emma Dunn ... Ma (Norah) Flanagan
Maceo Anderson Maceo Anderson ... One of the Four Step Brothers (as Four Step Brothers)
Freddy James Freddy James ... One of the Four Step Brothers (as Four Step Brothers)
Sylvester Johnson Sylvester Johnson ... One of the Four Step Brothers (as Four Step Brothers)
Al Williams Al Williams ... One of the Four Step Brothers (as Four Step Brothers)
Phil Spitalny Phil Spitalny ... Phil Spitalny (as Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra)
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War hero Johnny Kovacs works with his superiors to hide from a star crossed lover while on leave and falls in love while living at a boarding house.

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A Hit Parade of Jive and Joy! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicas al frente See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Green Eyes
(uncredited)
Written by Adolfo Utera and Nilo Menendez
Sung by Gloria Jean
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When Johnny Comes Marching Home was an enjoyable World War II musical comedy
2 July 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After being a little disappointed in seeing Donald O'Connor not having much of a dancing showcase in either Private Buckaroo or Get Hep to Love, it's finally gratifying seeing him really cutting the rug here with Peggy Ryan doing so many turns with him during those sequences. Operatic singer Gloria Jean also joins in with them in her more demure way. Allan Jones and Jane Frazee also sing a couple of wonderful love duets here. Then there's the luminous and exciting charm of the Phil Spitalny and his "Hour of Charm" All-Girl Orchestra with Evelyn and her Magic Violin. Also, The Four Step Brothers do tap dance up a storm with their athletic spins and somersaults. Never mind the story which relates to the World War II period, just enjoy the variety of musical performances in When Johnny Comes Marching Home. P.S. The print I saw had the final number in washed out tones with the volume a little lower though you could still hear a little clearly even then.


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