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The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)

 -  Comedy  -  16 July 1949 (USA)
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Glamour artist Bob Randolph is world famous for his paintings of a stunning beauty dubbed "The Randolph Girl". What the world doesn't know is that his pin-up creation is really a composite ... See full summary »

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Bob Randolph - Robert Benerik
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Ruth Wilson
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Chuck Donovan
Dona Drake ...
Connie Martin
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Judge Bullfinch
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Mrs. Wilson
Florence Bates ...
Miss Emma Shoemaker
Jerome Cowan ...
Mr. Graves - Ruth's Attorney
Helen Westcott ...
Miss Brooks
Paul Harvey ...
Jim Townsend
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Mr. Evergood
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Woody Wilson
Myrna Dell ...
Lorraine Scott
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Henrietta Taylor ...
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Glamour artist Bob Randolph is world famous for his paintings of a stunning beauty dubbed "The Randolph Girl". What the world doesn't know is that his pin-up creation is really a composite of parts of the anatomy of 12 different models. In an effort to find one girl who possesses all the proper physical attributes, Randolph and PR man Chuck Donovan pursue Ruth Wilson, a beauteous schoolteacher who prefers to be admired for her brain rather than her curves. Ruth changes her tune, however, when a published photo of her in a swimsuit causes her to be fired by the uptight schoolboard. She sues for reinstatement and in the process learns that swimsuits and sex appeal do have a place in her world, after all. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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16 July 1949 (USA)  »

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La sirena de la playa  »

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Trivia

Lauren Bacall turned down the role as Ruth Wilson because it called for her to appear in a bathing suit. She said: "I'm not a bathing beauty... I'll be embarrassed." See more »

Goofs

Bob is in a boat and spots Ruth through binoculars. The shots of the boat show that it is rolling in very heavy waves. When the camera switches to show Ruth as seen through the binoculars, the rolling motion completely disappears. See more »

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Chuck Donovan: Night school. You've just gotten off the boat and you want to become a citizen so you enroll in her class.
Bob Randolph: I already am a citizen.
Chuck Donovan: So, you'll vote twice.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Chuck is talking to the first two models from Bob's book
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Gently sexist film with ramifications today
8 July 2000 | by (York, Pa.) – See all my reviews

This film was a pleasant diversion one afternoon that I only watched cuz it had Ronald Reagan in it. Hey, he was president after all!

The film was actually pretty boring with no real laughs in it, but it did get me thinking.

First off, I it was kind of sexist, cuz it's about a photographer who has to put together the "perfect girl" with the photographed body parts of several other girls. Apparently photo manipulation was really, really easy before computers, because this "girl" became an immediate pin-up hit. I guess people of the 40s can overlook the varying skin-tones or the Frankenstein-like super-imposing lines that would've appeared between the "sexy" body parts. But hey, it's a comedy, anything goes!

Anyway, as "the girl" becomes more of a hit, Ronnie and his cohort have to dodge the constant barrage of attention from the original 12 models because they want to be just like "the girl." That's what makes the movie so sexist, these girls try to be something they can't be -- perfect.

It's not a terribly good message, although as a comedy it works well enough and doesn't have the sinister aspects it could have.

It would be interesting to see a remake. It's just as relevant today, thanks to the Internet/computer photo manipulation aspect. And we could even see a little screwball comedy, which the original didn't have, as all the models try to latch on to the photographer who becomes "hot" thanks to photo manipulations that they helped to create.

Or the remake could be a horror film. Now that would be really sinister.

7/9/00


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