Johnny Doughboy Film Details
Overview: An arrogant young actress doesn’t want to play “young” parts anymore, and runs off. The studio replaces her with the president of her fan club, who just happens to be a lookalike. Meanwhile, some other former child actors, trying to
Review: This Republic propaganda musical is second rate and often ridiculous. The film is good intended but often cloying as it deals with Hollywood’s biggest teen star (Jane Withers…well her character is supposed to be anyway) who is sick of playing “baby” parts and escapes agent William Demarest and camps out at the home of middle aged Henry Wilcoxin, gets a crush on him in trying to be “adult” and turns down the opportunity to lead a show featuring “has been” Hollywood kids. The fact that as she escapes her agent and secretary (Ruth Donnelly), her lookalike shows up and takes her place for a few days, eventually confronting her in the mountains. Withers is far from the rambunctious pre-teen that she was in all of those 20th Century Fox programmers, and comes off rather cold and unfeeling. The lookalike really has no purpose other than to give Withers a likable side here, almost too nice to be believable. “Our Gang” members Carl (Alfalfa) Switzer and Spanky Mc Farland (still appearing in shorts at MGM) are certainly not forgotten, and poor Bobby Breen makes you wonder why he was ever pushed on movie audiences. Of course, Withers pulls her real self out for the big finale, but it seems almost like an outtake from another movie. She’s not a bad dancer and certainly not as whiny as Shirley Temple was as a teen, but she’s no threat to Judy Garland or Deanna Durbin either. This is a time capsule of Hollywood propaganda at its gooiest, and in spite some good moments with Demarest, Donnelly and the sweet Etta McDaniel (Hattie’s sister, playing a saintly housekeeper), this is instantly forgettable. Alfalfa spoofs his high pitched squeak but unlike the shorts he starred in a decade before, he’s completely annoying here and deserves the thrashing he gets for making dogs bark on the other side of the Hollywood Hills. There was a better way to involve the teenagers in the war effort, as evidenced by what Mickey and Judy were doing at MGM and in public appearances.
Country: United States
Duration: 64 min
Genre: Adventure, Musical, Romance
Also known as: Ela Quer Ser Mulher,Johnny Doughboy,Ella quiere ser mujer