Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore


Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Joe May
USA, 1944
74min, OF

Bild: Norwegian Film Institute

Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Joe May
USA, 1944
, 74min, OF

Simone Simon
James Ellison
William Terry
Minna Gombell
Chick Chandler
Alan Dinehart
Gladys Blake
Robert Mitchum
Philip Yordan
John H. Kafka
Alice Means Reeve
Ira H. Morgan
W. Franke Harling

King Brothers Productions
16 mm

This little known Monogram comedy is a delightful entry in the short cycle of housing shortage comedies inspired by the rush of factory workers to already crowded urban centers during the Second World War. Giving comedic form to period anxieties about single and empowered women newly entered into the labor force, JOHNNY DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE stars Simone Simon as an aircraft factory worker whose arrival in the Big City and prompt displacement from her promised sublet unleashes a dizzying comedy of mistaken identity and errant desire. JOHNNY DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE follows Simon as she deftly fends off prowling servicemen and adjusts to her new life, all the while accompanied by a wacky Mel Blanc-voiced gremlin sprinkling pixie dust havoc around her. Remembered today, if at all, for the brief appearance of a youthful Robert Mitchum as a sleepy- eyed soldier, the film also marked the sadly ignominious end of Viennese émigré director Joe May’s once meteoric but now struggling career. Indeed May abandoned the cinema shortly after to open an ill-fated Austrian-Hungarian restaurant in Los Angeles with backing by fellow émigrés such as Billy Wilder and Hedy Lamarr. (Haden Guest)