Haven't you seen A Guy Named Joe (1943)? This film was later remade into Always with Richard Dreyfuss. If Always is the only film you see of these two, Always comes across as a very good story. In fact, I saw the Van Johnson vehicle, after I'd watched the remake. Seeing the original made me never want to watch the remake again. A Guy Named Joe (1943) was so far superior. It's a great film. Van Johnson plays Capt. Ted Randall.
Watch this and then see these other four films.
The Cane Mutiny (1954) This is one of Van Johnson's most well known roles. He does an excellent job. He plays Lt. Steve Maryk.
Too Young to Kiss (1951) In this romantic comedy, Van plays Eric Wainwright, an impresario that believes he has discovered a child prodigy, having no idea that the child is actually a woman his own age, played by June Allyson, in disguise.
In the Good Ole Summertime (1949) This is the musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner. Van plays the lead role opposite Judy Garland. I like this one more than the earlier motion picture. The story is slightly different. I like the whole music slant. He plays Andrew Delby Larkin and narrates portions of the film.
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) He plays best friend to Henry Fonda's character. Van Johnson plays Warrant Officer Darrel Harrison.
*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Fri, Nov 11 2005 / 10:52 PST