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John Loves Mary (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 July 1949 (Sweden)
A GI marries the English girlfriend of his best friend to get her into the U.S. for his friend who lost track of her in the war only to find on returning home that he is stuck with the girl because the friend has married someone else.

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David Butler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... John Lawrence
Jack Carson ... Fred Taylor
Wayne Morris ... Lt. Victor O'Leary
Edward Arnold ... Sen. James McKinley
Virginia Field ... Lilly Herbish
Katharine Alexander ... Phyllis McKinley
Paul Harvey ... Gen. Biddle
Ernest Cossart ... Oscar Dugan
Patricia Neal ... Mary McKinley
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A GI marries the English girlfriend of his best friend to get her into the U.S. for his friend who lost track of her in the war only to find on returning home that he is stuck with the girl because the friend has married someone else.

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The Stage Smash on the Screen With All Its Blushes!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido Faz das Suas See more »

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Budget:

$1,346,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The stage play by Norman Krasna was produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in association with Joshua Logan, opening at the Booth Theatre on February 4, 1947 and transferring to the Music Box Theatre on March 17 of that year, where it closed on February 7, 1948 with a total of 423 performances. The Broadway cast included William Prince as John Lawrence, Nina Foch as Mary McKinley, Harry Bannister as Harwood Biddle, Lyle Bettger as Lt. Victor O'Leary, Ralph W. Chambers as Oscar Dugan, Tom Ewell as Fred Taylor, Ann Mason as Phyllis McKinley, Max Showalter as George Beechwood, and Loring Smith as Senator James McKinley. See more »

Quotes

Lilly Herbish: Tell me, what's it like west of New Jersey?
Sen. James McKinley: Republican!
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References Adventures of Don Juan (1948) See more »

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Someone to Watch Over Me
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Music by George Gershwin
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
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Disappointing Froth with Reagan & Company
4 December 2015 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Patricia Neal in her screen debut is "Mary" and she loves "John," played by Ronald Reagan in this lightweight comedy, "John Loves Mary." She expects him home from service any day and wants the moment when he sees her to be just right, with "Someone to Watch Over Me" playing. But things are never that easy. Not with fellow serviceman Jack Carson involved. Jack did save his life once. Therefore, Ronnie felt indebted to him. But an attempt to help Jack out with his love life backfires on Ronald and he and Patricia have to wait to get married due to him being married to Jack's foreign girlfriend to bring her into the country. But it seems that upon meeting Jack, he learns that, despite the fact that Jack couldn't live without her, he had married someone else since then. What a pickle! Ronnie is trying to keep all this from Patricia and her politician father, played Edward Arnold. I saw this almost twenty years ago and I thought I had memories of liking it. But upon seeing it recently, I found this to be too stagy, due to its play origins, too silly, and a little annoying at times. One would probably like this for the people in it, but the situations feel forced to me and I really didn't find it to be that funny. In fact, afterwards I felt that it wasted the stars and it was all a to-do over nothing, despite the affable dispositions of Ronnie and company.


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