Thursday, August 25, 2016

Van Johnson's 100th Birthday

Van Johnson was born 100 years ago today, on August 25 1916. Van Johnson was one of MGM's most popular stars in the Forties and Fifties. He was gifted with a fine voice, good looks, and a boy next door quality that came across very well on the screen. Over the years he starred in many major films, including The Human Comedy (1943), A Guy Named Joe (1943), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), In the Good Old Summertime (1949), The Caine Mutiny (1954), and many others. On television he guest starred on I Love Lucy, Batman, The Doris Day Show, and several others. In 1957 he played the title role in what can only be described as an early television movie. The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957).

In honour of the 100th anniversary of Van Johnson's birth, here are a few videos featuring Van Johnson.

First up is the trailer for In the Good Old Summertime, in which he played opposite Judy Garland.

Next up is a clip from his guest appearance on I Love Lucy in the episode, "The Dancing Star". In the episode Van Johnson played himself.

Next is Miracle in the Rain, in which he appeared opposite Jane Wyman.

And finally here is Van Johnson on What's My Line from 1963.

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