Janie (1944 film)

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Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Alex Gottlieb
Written by Charles Hoffman
Agnes Christine Johnston
Josephine Bentham
Herschel V. Williams Jr.
Starring Joyce Reynolds
Robert Hutton
Narrated by Alex Gottlieb
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • September 2, 1944 (1944-09-02)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Janie is a 1944 film directed by Michael Curtiz based on a 1942 Broadway play by Josephine Bentham and Herschel V. Williams, Jr.[1]


Janie is a free-spirited teenage girl living in a small town. World War II brings the establishment of an army camp nearby, which is opposed by her father, the local newspaper publisher. Janie and her bobby soxer friends have their hearts set afire by the prospect of so many young soldiers so close. She enjoys dating an Army man, which makes her younger local boyfriend jealous.


Unbilled players include Sunset Carson, Julie London, Virginia Sale, The Williams Brothers with Andy Williams.


Bosley Crowther, critic for The New York Times, panned the film, writing, "The authors of 'Janie', play and picture, have simply cut a theatrical farce with some kids. And the bluntness with which they have done so provides very little warm appeal"; and: "The performance of Joyce Reynolds in the title role is completely surface and pretentious; she had nothing with which to work".[1]

The film was followed two years later by a sequel, Janie Gets Married.

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  1. ^ a b Crowther, Bosley (August 5, 1944). "Janie (1944) 'Janie', a Juvenile Comedy, Starring Joyce Reynolds, Opens at Strand -- 'The Falcon in Mexico' at Rialto". The New York Times.

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