Johnny Doughboy

  • 1942
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Withers, a 16-year-old movie star tired of playing kid roles, tries a romance with "older man" Wilcoxon, a middle-aged playwright. After much disappointment she finally comes upon happiness (as well as an opportunity to show off some new tap dancing skills) when she joins the "Junior Victory Caravan," a young people's version of the "Hollywood Caravan,"...read more

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Withers, a 16-year-old movie star tired of playing kid roles, tries a romance with "older man" Wilcoxon, a middle-aged playwright. After much disappointment she finally comes upon happiness (as well as an opportunity to show off some new tap dancing skills) when she joins the "Junior

Victory Caravan," a young people's version of the "Hollywood Caravan," touring army camps to give the fighting men a boost of morale. This was intended as a vehicle to elevate Withers to glamor girl status, but the results fall far short of that goal. Instead it becomes one of the many Hollywood

WW II era films designed to support the war effort. "Our Gang" comedy youngsters Switzer and McFarland are featured in the "20 Minus Club," as well as former child singing star Breen, who was given no songs here as his voice had changed considerably with adolescence. The film earned an Oscar

nomination for Best Score. Songs include: "Baby's a Big Girl Now," "All Done All Through," "It Takes a Guy Like I," "Victory Caravan" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne), "All My Life" (Sidney Mitchell, Sammy Stept), "Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland," "Better Not Roll Those Big Blue Eyes at Somebody

Else" (Kay Twomey, Al Goodhart).

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