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''Come Live with Me'' is a 1941 film directed by Clarence Brown, starring [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]] and Creator/HedyLamarr.

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* MarriageBeforeRomance: It's a simple proposition.


* InadvertentEntranceClue: Barton the publisher receives Bill and is pretty startled to find out that Bill's novel is all about Barton's girlfriend. Barton especially doesn't like the notion that the older man character will lose out. He stammers "After all, there's nothing to keep him from getting the girl except--" and he's interrupted by the intercom buzzing with the secretary saying "Mrs. Kendrick."

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* ConversationCut: Barton the publisher receives Bill and is pretty startled to find out that Bill's novel is all about Barton's girlfriend. Barton especially doesn't like the notion that the older man character will lose out. He stammers "After all, there's nothing to keep him from getting the girl except--" and he's interrupted by the intercom buzzing with the secretary saying "Mrs. Kendrick."


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* InadvertentEntranceClue: Barton the publisher receives Bill and is pretty startled to find out that Bill's novel is all about Barton's girlfriend. Barton especially doesn't like the notion that the older man character will lose out. He stammers "After all, there's nothing to keep him from getting the girl except--" and he's interrupted by the intercom buzzing with the secretary saying "Mrs. Kendrick."


''Come Live with Me'' is a 1941 film directed by Clarence Brown, starring [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]] and Hedy Lamarr.

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''Come Live with Me'' is a 1941 film directed by Clarence Brown, starring [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]] and Hedy Lamarr.
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''Come Live with Me'' is a 1941 film directed by Clarence Brown, starring [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]] and Hedy Lamarr.

[[TomboyishName Johnny]] Jones (Lamarr) is a refugee from "what was once UsefulNotes/{{Austria}}". Unfortunately she has overstayed her visa and is facing imminent deportation. Even more unfortunately, her boyfriend, wealthy publisher Barton Kendrick (Ian Hunter) is married.

Enter Bill Smith (Stewart), a would-be author who is apparently on the ragged edge of starvation. He is literally down to his last dime--and he then loses the dime. After a MeetCute, Johnny makes a proposition: Bill can marry her. She'll pay Bill's living expenses until he gets a book contract, and she'll get to stay in America.

Shockingly, romantic sparks fly.

Compare ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn'', another 1941 film about a CitizenshipMarriage.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Bill and Johnny are kissing as the movie is ending. They both turn and look at the camera before they hold up a sign saying "Theatre/AllsWellThatEndsWell," and the movie ends.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Johnny resorts to one to stave off deportation. Things get complicated when Barton, who does not know how she avoided deportation, says he's going to get a Reno divorce to marry her.
* ConversationCut: Barton the publisher receives Bill and is pretty startled to find out that Bill's novel is all about Barton's girlfriend. Barton especially doesn't like the notion that the older man character will lose out. He stammers "After all, there's nothing to keep him from getting the girl except--" and he's interrupted by the intercom buzzing with the secretary saying "Mrs. Kendrick."
* DiagonalBilling: Lamarr wasn't a star for as long as Stewart was, but in 1941, she was a pretty big star.
* DivorceInReno: Johnny is startled when Barton tells her he's going to Reno to cut his wife loose.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Johnny asks to come to Bill's room. They chat for a bit, then he says "That's enough for the preliminaries" and kisses her. He assumes, logically enough, that she'd come there for casual sex. She slaps him.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Where to go out? "I don't care, just so that there are people and music and we can be gay."
* LetOffByTheDetective: The immigration detective who tracks down Johnny is so moved by her plight that he offers to refrain from hauling her in a week, and suggests that she find a man to marry.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: It's from "[[https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44675 The Passionate Shepherd to His Love]]" by Creator/ChristopherMarlowe.
* LoveTriangle: Johnny, Bill, and Johnny's married lover Barton.
* MeetCute: Johnny steps on Bill's foot when he's reaching to pick up a cigarette in the park. Then they wind up both taking shelter from the rain in the same diner.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Bill, who by now is in love with Johnny and angry about the deal, catches his face in a mirror. He says "Hiya, sucker," and breaks the mirror.
* StarvingArtist: Bill has a host of rejection letters and is flat broke.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: InUniverse. Bill finally comes up with the novel that will make his career--it's called "Without Love", and it's the story of his MarriageBeforeRomance with Johnny.
* YourCheatingHeart: Barton Kendrick is definitely cheating on his wife, and an early scene strongly hints that Mrs. Kendrick has a boyfriend.

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