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Janie (1944)





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Janie, adapted from the Broadway play by Josephine Bentham and Herschel Williams, was one of a 1940s cycle of stage-to-film comedies about teenagers. Joyce Reynolds stars as Janie, a typical teen whose life is turned topsy turvy by the installation of a military base near her home town. Edward Arnold and Ann Harding, exasperated and understanding respectively, play Janie's parents. Robert Hutton is the soldier and Richard Erdman the hometown boy who vie for Janie's attentions. The film is cloying at times, but survives as a reasonably accurate representation of teenage life in the war years, right down to the "coded slang" used to throw parents off the track. Janie ends with the Army marching out and the Marines marching in, leaving the door wide open for a sequel, which appeared in 1946 under the title Janie Gets Married.


Joyce Reynolds
as Janie Conway
Edward Arnold
as Charles Conway
Ann Harding
as Lucille Conway
Robert Hutton
as Pfc. Dick Lawrence
Robert Benchley
as John Van Brunt
Alan Hale
as Reardon
Claire Foley
as Elspeth Conway
Clare Foley
as Elsbeth Conway
Barbara Brown
as Mrs. Thelma Lawrence
Richard Erdman
as Wilber `Scooper' Nolan
Ann Gillis
as Paula Rainey
Ruth Tobey
as Bernadine Dodd
Virginia Patton
as Carrie Lou Trivett
Colleen Townsend
as Hortense Bennett
William Frambes
as Dead Pan Hackett
Georgia Lee Settle
as Susan Wiley
Russell Hicks
as Col. Lucas
Peter Stackpole
as Photographer
John Alvin
as Photographer
Sunset Carson
as Sgt. Carl
Virginia Noe
as High School Girl
Monte Blue
as Policeman
Ladell Buchanan
as High School Girl
Karole Lee
as High School Girl
Tanis Chandler
as High School Girl
James Menzies
as High School Boy
Sandy Shaw
as High School Boy
Johnny Fleming
as High School Boy
Terry Grafton
as High School Boy
Roger McGee
as High School Boy
Douglas Cooper
as High School Boy
Norman Salling
as High School Boy
Frank Wierick
as High School Boy
Truman van Dyke
as High School Boy
Joe "Corky" Geil
as High School Boy
Joe Gilbert
as Soda Jerk
William Hunter
as M.P. Sergeant
George-Ellen Ferguson
as Reardon's Secretary
Jimmie Dodd
as Pvt. Frank Parker
Eddie Bruce
as Bus Driver
John Nelson
as Soldier
John Forrest
as Soldier
Warren Burr
as Soldier
Dick Balkney
as Soldier
Martin Lord
as Soldier
Virginia Sale
as Neighbor
Bill Hunter
as M.P. Sergeant
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Joyce Reynolds has understood the importance and meaning of her difficult role, shading her with unparalleled grace and with the simplicity and naturalness of a veteran artist. [Full review in Spanish]

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