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Mister Gardenia Jones (1942)

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Documentary short film depicting the work of the United Service Organizations (USO) in providing recreational and morale-boosting services for American troops.



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Complete credited cast:
John Jones Jr. (aka Gardenia 'Deany' Jones)
Charles Winninger ...
Fay Bainter ...
Emmy Jones
Hotel Employee


In a typical American household on a quiet Sunday morning, we meet John and Emmy Jones. Their son John Junior, whom they call Deany and whose friends call Gardenia, is an army lieutenant. He's engaged to their neighbor Joann. We find out how he got his nicknames and that he's stationed in Hawaii at Hickam Field. It's December 7, 1941. How did he get there? We see him enlist months before December 7, then he's stationed in a little town with nothing to do. Emmy worries that her son's boredom will bring bitterness about his service, so she and others form the USO. Back in Hawaii, Jones pilots a plane, engaging Japan's air force. Written by <>

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Documentary | Short





Release Date:

29 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Gardenia Jones  »

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1.37 : 1
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Reagan's in Hot Water
21 June 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

On December 7, 1941 - according to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, "A date which will live in infamy!" - Lieutenant Ronald Reagan (as John "Mister Gardenia" Jones Jr.) finds himself stationed in Hawaii. His pretty sweetheart Laraine Day (as Joanne) helps mother Fay Bainter (as Emmy Jones) and father Charles Winninger (as John Jones Sr.) keep the home fires burning. They have a typical American home. Writer/narrator Carey Wilson explains how Mr. Reagan came to be called "Deany" (shortened from Gardenia). Reagan and his parents survive faltering patriotism, due to boredom; but, they rally 'round the flag when the Japanese attack. The USO (United Service Organizations) want you to support them by sending money for the war cause.

*** Mister Gardenia Jones (5/29/42) Carey Wilson ~ Ronald Reagan, Fay Bainter, Charles Winninger

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