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Come Live with Me (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 31 January 1941 (USA)
Seeking US citizenship, a Viennese refugee arranges a marriage of convenience with a struggling writer.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Patterson McNutt (screenplay), Virginia Van Upp (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Bill Smith
Hedy Lamarr ... Johnny Jones
Ian Hunter ... Barton Kendrick
Verree Teasdale ... Diana Kendrick
Donald Meek ... Joe Darsie
Barton MacLane ... Barney Grogan
Edward Ashley ... Arnold Stafford
Ann Codee ... Yvonne
King Baggot ... Doorman
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Grandma (as Adeline de Walt Reynolds)
Frank Orth ... Jerry
Frank Faylen ... Waiter
Horace McMahon ... Taxi Driver (as Horace MacMahon)
Greta Meyer ... Frieda
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Storyline

Illegal immigrant and showgirl Johnny Jones is due to be deported from the USA, her only hope is to get married, but her rich publisher boyfriend Barton Kendrick is already married! She meets down-on-his-luck author, Bill Smith, and proposes a marriage of convenience in order to remain in the country, but Bill has more ambitious ideas. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Their FIRST TIME together...proves the LAST WORD in ROMANCE! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aviomies käteisellä See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 19 October 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Seattle 21 October 1956 on KING (Channel 5), by Philadelphia Saturday 26 October 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New York City 2 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Altoona PA Thursday 6 December 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10) and by Chicago 21 December 1956 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Minneapolis 12 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and in San Francisco it was first telecast 1 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

When Bill exits the garage with his new car, the feet of the camera crew can be seen reflected on the car. See more »

Quotes

Immigration Inspector: Will you take a little tip? Don't go on the duff again. Hide out, I mean. It won't do you any good.
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Referenced in Main Street Today (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

There is a Tavern in the Town
(1891) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by F.J. Adams
Played as background music in Ye Indian Inne
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"Part of living is meeting tragedy and rising above it."
10 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Austrian refugee (Hedy Lamarr) asks a penniless writer (James Stewart) to marry her so she won't be deported. Needing money badly, he agrees. Soon he finds himself in love with her (who can blame him?) and wants the marriage to be real. The problem is she's already in a relationship -- with a married man (Ian Hunter).

This was a pleasant surprise. A sweet, likable romantic movie. This would be called a chick flick today. What's perhaps most surprising about it is that it's pretty non-judgmental for a movie made under the Hays Code involving things like skirting immigration laws and committing adultery. It's all handled with tact and understanding. The only 'bad' character in the movie is Ian Hunter's and even he's played mostly for laughs. Jimmy and Hedy do a fantastic job and have a real, believable chemistry. Adeline de Walt Reynolds steals the show as Jimmy's dear old grandmother. A lovely, heart-warming type of film that will surely leave a smile on your face.


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