The Van Johnson Collection

The Bottom of The Bottle
    Starring: Van Johnson, Joseph Cotton, Ruth Roman & Jack Carson

Patrick Martin, known as P.M., is a wealthy attorney and rancher big-man-in-town in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. He returns home to find his brother Donald hiding in his garage. A former drunkard, Donald had been sent to the penitentiary five years previously for killing a man in a barroom brawl. It was in self-defense but P.M. hadn't defended his brother and he was convicted. Donald has escaped and wants his brother to help him across the Santa Cruz River into the Mexico-side Nogales, where his wife and children are in dire straits. The straits get even dier when P.M. tells him the river is flooded and it will be days before anyone can cross

The Bride Goes Wild
    Starring: Van Johnson, June Allyson, Hume Cronyn,
                        Arlene Dahl & Una Merkle

McGrath publishes books for children and Uncle Bump is one of the best sellers. Unfortunately, Greg, who is Uncle Bump, tends to drink too much and has not started his next book. Martha won a contest to illustrate the book and the first thing that happens is that Greg gets her soused. To keep her there to illustrate, John gets a juvenile delinquent named Danny to play his son and show how much pressure he is under. The ploy works at first, but Greg's heart was broken by Tillie, and Martha may be the girl who makes him forget all about her.

The Duchess of Idaho
    Starring:Van Johnson, Mel Torme’, Esther Williams
                         & Lena Horne

Ellen Hallit is in love with her playboy boss, Douglas Morrison, but is too timid to do anything about it. To help her, her roommate Chris decides to step in, and devises a plan. Chris follows Morrison on his trip to Sun Valley, Idaho and plays the over-attentive female, hoping that he will send for Ellen (who often played his "fiancée" when he had a female he couldn't discourage otherwise.) Complications arise when Chris catches the eye of Band-Leader Dick Layne, and finds herself caught in a triangle between the two men.

The Human Comedy
    Starring: Van Johnson , Donna Reed,
                    Mickey Rooney & Frank Morgan

Homer Macauley remains in a small town looking after his widowed mother and younger brother. Homer's older brother is fighting the war in Europe.

The Invitation
    Starring:  Van Johnson & Dorothy McGuire

Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust in her husband is shaken when she discovers that her father had paid him to marry her.

The Last Blitzkrieg
    Starring: Van Johnson, Kerwin Mathews & Dick York


The son of a high-ranking Nazi official, Kroner is called upon to lead a dangerous mission in the waning days of the war. He and several other English-speaking Germans are dressed in American uniforms and ordered to infiltrate the Allied troops for sabotage purposes. Kroner does what is expected of him, though it is clear that he has become disillusioned with the "glories" of the Third Reich. When his true identity is revealed, Kroner decides to cast his lot with the Americans, leading a figurative "last blitzkrieg" against his fellow Nazis.


Mother is a Freshman
    Starring: Van Johnson, Loretta Young & Rudy Valle

Widow Abby Abbott is having serious money problems and has to dip into the family trust in order to pay for her daughter Susan's college tuition. The catch: Abby must also become a co-ed or she can't touch the money. After passing her entrance exams, Abby goes to college and becomes very popular, especially with a handsome English professor whom Susan has a crush on.

The Romance of Rosy Ridge
    Starring: Van Johnson & Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh’s 1st Feature Film! In the days following the Civil War, a Missouri farming community lives in a state of constant tension due to conflicting pro-North and pro-South sentiments. Into this situation ambles ex-Union soldier Henry Carson, who briefly camps out at the farm of unforgiving Confederate sympathizer Gill MacBean. Suspecting that Carson is up to no good, MacBean is sure of it when the handsome stranger begins courting MacBean's daughter Lissy Anne, Things come to a head dramatically when the heretofore easygoing Carson comes face to face with a band of hooded, night-riding barn burners who've been fomenting discord among the farmers.

The Siege at Red River
    Starring: Van Johnson, Joanne Dru & Richard Boone

Cavalry Captain Farraday attempts to prevent the delivery of Gatling Guns into the hands of hostile Indians.

Too Young to Kiss
    Starring: Van Johnson & June Allyson

Eric Wainwright, a busy impresario, is besieged by hordes of wannabe concert stars, eager for their big break. One of them is Cynthia Potter, a talented pianist... but she can't get in to see him. When she learns that Wainwright is auditioning young musicians for a children's concert tour, Cynthia dons braces and bobby sox and passes herself off as a child prodigy.

Two Girls & A Sailor
    Starring: Van Johnson,
June Allyson, Gloria de Haven,
                     Harry James, Jimmy Durante, Gracie Allen,
                     Xavier Cugat & Lena Horne

A sailor helps two sisters start up a service canteen. The sailor soon becomes taken with gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that her sibling Patsy is also in love with him.

Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows
    Starring: Van Johnson, Rosalind Russell, 
                       Milton Berle, Robert Taylor, Stella Stevens,
                       Susan St. James, Tommy Boyce
                        & Bobby Hart

Some nuns decide to take some girls from their Catholic girl's school on a trip from the East to California to attend some sort of convention. The Mother Superior is traditional and has to deal not only with the unruly girls but with a more progressive sister. On the trip they have a number of adventures including having their bus stall on train tracks as a train is coming, getting terrorized by a gang of bikers when they run out of gas (the progressive sister stares the bikers down) and getting caught in the middle of the filming of a western, specifically in the fight between cowboys and Indians.


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