Johnson as an immensely popular movie star, appearing in a series of blockbuster war films--A Guy Named Joe, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Weekend at the Waldorf, and Battleground. Perennially a leading man opposite June Allyson, Esther Williams, Judy Garland, and Janet Leigh, he rose to fame radiating the sunshine image that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer chose for him. Johnson portrayed himself as an affable, wholesome boy-next-door. Legions of adoring moviegoers were captivated by this idealized persona that generated huge box-office profits for the studio.
In 2001 UPM published Van Johnson: MGM's Golden Boy by Ronald Davis. This is the only full-length biography of the film star.
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