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The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 16 July 1949 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writers:

Allen Boretz (story), I.A.L. Diamond
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ronald Reagan ... Bob Randolph - Robert Benerik
Virginia Mayo ... Ruth Wilson
Eddie Bracken ... Chuck Donovan
Dona Drake ... Connie Martin
Henry Travers ... Judge Bullfinch
Lois Wilson ... 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
Gary Gray ... Woody Wilson
Myrna Dell ... Lorraine Scott
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Storyline

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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ALL THE FUN UNDER THE SUN See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sirena de la playa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in mid-1948, and bearing a 1948 copyright statement on the opening credits, but not released until one year later, in mid-1949. See more »

Goofs

Ruth tells the class that Czechoslovakia is made up of "several interesting racial strains," and then asks "Mr Benerik" if he is "Croat or Slovak." "Croats" are from the former Yugoslavia (Serbo-Croatia). The former Czechoslovakia was comprised of Czechs and Slovaks. Furthermore, "Mr Benerik's" accent is so atrocious that, even if Ruth did not realize it, his classmate Mr Stravitch would realize it in seconds. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Donovan: [Talking on a pay phone] She's in the Locker Room now getting dressed, I think. I'm watching for her now. Look, I'll have to hang up, there's some dame blocking my view.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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I Only Have Eyes for You
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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There are three story lines here -- with Virginia May in a swimsuit
28 June 2009 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

One of the story lines in "The Girl From Jones Beach" asks, Should a school teacher appear in public in a swim suit?

My answer is, "Definitely -- if she looks like Virginia Mayo."

The first story line is quite clever: A Vargas-like illustrator creates his "girl" from parts of a dozen different models.

The second line is about the beautiful young woman wanting to be known for her mind.

Together the three make for some mild fun, well played by a top-line cast that includes some great veterans: Lois Blake, still looking good after some 35 years of film-making; Henry Travers, the ultimate avuncular judge; and such stalwarts as Buddy Roosevelt and Guy Wilkerson, best known for their Western roles. Be sure to look for the great Vernon Dent.

Ronald Reagan and Mayo are pros, and do more than look good, although they do that, and do it well. Eddie Bracken needed a slightly firmer directorial hand, but he's always fun. Dona Drake for some reason had used other names earlier, but she is adorable and vivacious and, judging by this role, should have had a great career.

Not a great or classic film, "The Girl From Jones Beach" is still a lot of fun.


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