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      John Loves Mary

      1949 1h 36m Romance Comedy List
      Reviews 44% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings After World War II, soldier John Lawrence (Ronald Reagan) can finally return home and marry his waiting girlfriend, Mary McKinley (Patricia Neal). But Lawrence is already married: As a favor to his friend, Fred Taylor (Jack Carson), who saved his life during the war, Lawrence wed Taylor's English fling, Lilly Herbish (Virginia Field), to circumvent immigration laws to reunite the two. There's another problem: Having been home for two years, Taylor is also already married. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      ashley h John Love Mary is an okay film. It is about 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. Ronald Reagan and Jack Carson give decent performances. The script is a little slow in places. David Butler did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the humor and romance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Patricia Neal is dreadful in her role, absolutely pathetic in her overcooked line delivery and facial mugging. Jack Carson only slightly better. Nothing works in this dumb, completely unfunny movie. Just confirms that Ronnie Reagan was smart to bail from show biz to politics. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member one of ronnies better efforts Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A move full of laughs. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member It's true, John loves Mary, but they have a funny way of getting around to saying so, this movie is very funny. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis After World War II, soldier John Lawrence (Ronald Reagan) can finally return home and marry his waiting girlfriend, Mary McKinley (Patricia Neal). But Lawrence is already married: As a favor to his friend, Fred Taylor (Jack Carson), who saved his life during the war, Lawrence wed Taylor's English fling, Lilly Herbish (Virginia Field), to circumvent immigration laws to reunite the two. There's another problem: Having been home for two years, Taylor is also already married.
      Director
      David Butler
      Production Co
      Warner Bros.
      Genre
      Romance, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 22, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 36m
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