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Janie (1944) Poster

(1944)

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Warner Bros. had plans for a series of "Janie" films, but those plans were shelved when Joyce Reynolds married and temporarily retired. However, due to the popularity of this film, Warner made one more - Janie Gets Married (1946) with Joan Leslie playing the lead.
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At the beginning of the film the Conway house has a vegetable garden covering the entire front lawn. During WWII these were called "Victory Gardens" as people were encouraged by the government to be more self-sufficient, and was also in this case a prominent sign of patriotism.
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Warner Bros. paid $100,000 for the film rights to the play, with $40,000 of that going to Columbia Pictures because they financed the stage production.
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Cora Sue Collins was considered for the title role in this film.
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Edward Arnold was borrowed from MGM, and Robert Benchley was borrowed from Paramount for this film.
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Based on the Broadway play of the same title that opened on September 10, 1942 and ran for 642 performances in five separate theaters until January 16, 1944, with Gwen Anderson in the role of Janie.
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When Janie states her perfume cost 50 cents per half a dram, that would work out to $8.00 per ounce at the time or over $117/oz in 2019.
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The radio Elsbeth carries on the bus is a 1939 General Electric model HB-402. It had 4 tubes in a fabric-covered wood case, required two different types of batteries and weighed 5.5 pounds.
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