The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)

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A pinup artist (Ronald Reagan) in search of the perfect woman poses as a Czech immigrant to win over a shapely schoolteacher (Virginia Mayo) who’s more into facts than figures.


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  • Virginia Mayo and Lois Wilson in The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
  • Ronald Reagan and Virginia Mayo in The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
  • Dona Drake in The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)

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28 June 2009 | morrisonhimself
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| There are three story lines here -- with Virginia May in a swimsuit
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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