The career of Van Johnson, whose death was reported earlier today, peaked in the ’40s and ’50s. I never much liked his country-hick accent (he came from Rhode Island) and particularly the way he repeatedly groaned “ohhh, no!” in William Wellman ‘s Battleground (’49). But I’ve been watching that film all my life so Johnson obviously wasn’t that alienating. I’ll always remember his grim- faced Lieutenant Stephen Maryk in The Caine Mutiny (’54), and the pilot he played in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (’44). He lived for 92 years, which is a pretty good long run. He was allegedly closeted.