I don't know who, if anyone, will ever read my review, but if you're reading this you must be a big fan of someone here. Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal . . . Irving Bacon, Edward Arnold. For me, it's Jack Carson: Master of the Double Take. Bob Hope was a much bigger star for certain, but Jack Carson was funnier with those big, over done, expressive, double takes and Bob is believed to have taken Carson's cue. Anyway, in "John Loves Mary", everyone follows Carson and acts over the top. Even Reagan, who usually can't even act surprised, is good here. Easily my favorite Reagan movie. Director David Butler, another favorite of mine, winds up the cast and makes the over acting an important part of the film. The over acting fits, and allows Jack Carson to be Jack Carson. Carson even reacts with his hair in this one! I'm not kidding! Great cast, and when a character acting great like Irving Bacon shows up in a small role, it's 1940s Hollywood Heaven! Best verbal exchange: Lilly: "Tell me, what's it like west of New Jersey?" Edward Arnold as US Senetor McKinley: "REPUBLICAN!!" Hey, if you really love the film AND read this, please drop me a note. "Gone with the Wind" and "Citizen Kane" are great, but there's some great "little movies" that beg to be seen too. Three viewings to date and counting.
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