Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Cast & Crew
Kathie Aumont, a defense worker, journeys to Washington, D. C. to take a job and live with her friend Sally. Upon her arrival, Kathie discovers that Sally has just been married and, consequently, Kathie has no place to live. While searching for an apartment, Kathie meets Johnny Moore, who has just been inducted into the Marines. Kathie convinces Johnny to sublet his apartment to her, and they soon fall in love. After Kathie takes Johnny to meet his troop train, she returns to the apartment and finds a male visitor there. The next day, sailor Mike Burke and his pal Jack arrive at the apartment, and Kathie realizes that Johnny has given keys to all his friends. Kathie agrees to let Mike use the apartment until midnight, but he follows her instead and they have dinner together. Several months later, Johnny and Mike are home on furloughs and Kathie discovers that she has fallen in love with both. Meanwhile, Jack has lent his key to the apartment to a chief petty officer Jeff Daniels who is expecting his wife and needs a place to stay. When Johnny notices the key in the officer's possession, he and Mike follow him to the apartment to investigate. A fight ensues, and the servicemen are arrested for disturbing the peace and taken to night court. The judge dismisses the case upon ascertaining the facts, but chastises Kathie for failing to change the lock on her apartment door. Kathie is then confronted with marriage proposals from both Mike and Johnny. Unable to choose, she asks for a minute to decide. The minute stretches into 1949, and Kathie now has a home, three children, and is awaiting the arrival of her husband. Mike arrives, followed by Johnny, and finally the doorbell rings and the judge, Kathie's husband, enters.
Martin G. Cohn
W. Franke Harling
John H. Kafka
Edward E. Kaye
Robert W. Pittack
Alice Means Reeve
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Simon had three American films released in 1944: the sequel The Curse of the Cat People, the historical drama Mademoiselle Fifi, and a screwball comedy, Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The latter film was produced by the independent King Brothers Productions, but released by the poverty-row Monogram Pictures. In spite of the low-budget production values, Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a likeable, lightweight comedy. Simon plays Kathie, a French-Canadian who moves to Washington, D.C. for wartime work, but doesn't have a place to live. Kathie meets Johnny (William Terry), a marine who's about to report for duty, and the two fall in love. She convinces him to sublet his apartment to her, but after Johnny leaves, Kathie finds out he's handed out keys to his apartment to all of his friends, including Mike (James Ellison), with whom she also becomes romantically involved. Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore didn't do much for Simon's career, but it led to better things for Robert Mitchum, then just starting his career; he shows up late in the film as one of the keyholders.
Mitchum had only begun working in films about a year earlier, but he already had more than 20 films under his belt, mostly low-budget Hopalong Cassidy westerns playing bad guys, or gung-ho war movies playing soldiers. He also showed up in small parts in A-pictures such as MGM's The Human Comedy (1943). 1944 turned out to be a very busy year for Mitchum, who appeared in six films. The King brothers, impressed with his work in Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore, gave him a leading role in the thriller When Strangers Marry. Around the same time, one of his minor roles in a major movie, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, got him some attention, and he was offered a contract at RKO. By the time Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo went into general release in early 1945, Mitchum's career had taken off. By 1948, Mitchum was a big star, and Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore was re-released under the title And So They Were Married, with Mitchum receiving top billing, although he had been billed eighth when the film was first released.
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore was the final film for Viennese-born director Joe May, one of the pioneers of German cinema. A former operetta director, May began directing films in 1911, and founded his own studio in 1914. He gave director Fritz Lang his start in film, hiring Lang as a screenwriter in 1917. May's own career as a director included his masterpiece Asphalt (1929), the last of the great German Expressionist films. Like many Jews, May and his actress wife Mia left Germany in 1933, emigrating to the United States when the Nazis came to power. But after a strong start, May's American career declined, and by the early 1940s he was directing Dead End Kids programmers at Poverty Row Studios like Monogram. After giving up on the film industry, the Mays opened the Blue Danube restaurant in Hollywood with the financial backing of fellow expats such as Billy Wilder, but it, too, was a failure. Joe May died in 1954.
After the war, Simon returned to France, where she made only a handful of films, the best of which were two directed by Max Ophuls, La Ronde (1950) and Le Plaisir (1952). She died in 2005, at the age of 94.
Director: Joe May
Producer: Maurice King, Franklin King
Screenplay: Philip Yordan, John H. Kafka, based on a story by Alice Means Reeve
Cinematography: Ira Morgan
Editor: Martin G. Cohn
Art Direction: Paul Palmentola, George Moskov
Music: W. Franke Harling
Cast: Simone Simon (Kathie Aumont), James Ellison (Mike Burke), William Terry (Johnny Moore), Minna Gombell (Mrs. Collins), Chick Chandler (Jack), Alan Dinehart (Judge), Gladys Blake (Sally), Robert Mitchum (Jeff Daniels).
by Margarita Landazuri
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Because of Robert Mitchum's subsequent fame, this film was reissued under a different title, "And So They Were Married," and Mitchum received top billing although his part is actually quite small.
The film was copyrighted under the title Johnny Doesn't Live Here. According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, David Chudnow was assigned to write the score for this picture, but Franke W. Harling is credited in reviews, and Chudnow's contribution to the released film has not been confirmed. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart adds Duke York, Norman Rice, Alan Ward and Pat Gleason to the cast, their participation in the released film has not been confirmed. Although Ira Morgan is listed in reviews and billing sheets as director of photography, Robert W. Pittack is listed as cameraman in Hollywood Reporter production charts. According to a post-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, literary agents Jess Smith and Gene Mann sued the King Brothers, claiming that the brothers authorized the agents to sell the script and then withdrew it from the market after producer Edward Small offered them $6,500 for it. The suit was settled out of court in the agents' favor for an undisclosed sum. This picture was re-released in 1948 under the title And So They Were Married.