John Loves Mary (1949)

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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.



  • Jack Carson and Virginia Field in John Loves Mary (1949)
  • Jack Carson and Virginia Field in John Loves Mary (1949)
  • Jack Carson in John Loves Mary (1949)
  • Jack Carson and Wayne Morris in John Loves Mary (1949)
  • Jack Carson and Virginia Field in John Loves Mary (1949)
  • "John Loves Mary" Ronald Reagan, Virginia Field 1948 Warner Bros.

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9 April 2019 | tr-83495
| Totally Miscast Hollywood Actors Mimic Successful Broadway Play
This play ran on Broadway for a very long time and the chemistry between the young actors was palpable, according to contemporaneous reviews. Warner's B-movie company put together this movie, casting a forty-something Ronald Reagan, with limited acting skills, and a newly-minted Patricia Neal, with almost no acting skills at all.

The cast had almost no chemistry and was substantially older than the returning GIs and postwar brides of the play. All of this made a difference. The play was unmistakably good, having sold out its theatre for years. John Loves Mary, the movie, fell flat from the beginning, mainly because when you're dealing with a farce like a Norman Krasna play, you'd better get all your other soldiers in a row. A troupe of older actors, not used to doing this as a play, and not experiencing any chemistry or camaraderie between them, cannot easily force this on their audience.

A Krasna play had to be done with precision and care. The play carried if off. The movie did not.

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