The Girl from Jones Beach

Overview

Ronald Reagan plays a George Petty-type magazine illustrator who creates a "perfect girl" from a composite of the features of several models. While relaxing at the beach, Reagan meets a lovely young schoolteacher Virginia Mayo who is the living image of his imaginary girl. Sensing a terrific promotional angle, Reagan ingratiates himself with the girl and attempts to secure her services for a series of cheesecake poses. The film leads to a courtroom conclusion wherein Mayo must strut around in a bathing suit to ...
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Overview

Ronald Reagan plays a George Petty-type magazine illustrator who creates a "perfect girl" from a composite of the features of several models. While relaxing at the beach, Reagan meets a lovely young schoolteacher Virginia Mayo who is the living image of his imaginary girl. Sensing a terrific promotional angle, Reagan ingratiates himself with the girl and attempts to secure her services for a series of cheesecake poses. The film leads to a courtroom conclusion wherein Mayo must strut around in a bathing suit to win her case. Girl from Jones Beach is worth the admission price alone just to hear Ronald Reagan pose as a Czechoslovakian immigrant--complete with accent.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Girl from Jones Beach is a surprisingly agreeable little trifle. It's no great movie, but it's a pleasing bon bon that makes for a fine waste of 90 or so minutes. One of the things that makes Beach so amiable is the girl of the title, one Virginia Mayo. Is Mayo a great actress? No, although she is often very pleasant company in lightweight comedies such as this ' and occasionally can pull off a meatier assignment. Here, she's very much in her element, being called upon to display her very considerable beauty, yet also given the opportunity to show her way with a comic line and the very lovely manner in which she expresses indignation. It's no wonder that Ronald Reagan's character finds her the perfect girl. She looks the part, of course, but even in a film like this, beauty is only skin deep. Mayo effectively convinces that her real beauty comes from within; as corny as that sounds, it works. Reagan is also good, much better than one would expect from most of his film work. If Eddie Bracken is a bit much, Donna Drake, Henry Travers and Florence Bates are on hand to make up for his excesses. There are a few unexceptional songs, some nice costumes and serviceable direction from Peter Godfrey which helps to make one forget that the script is not exactly Shakespeare. Beach is lightweight, but breezily amusing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • UPC: 883316317037
  • Original Release: 1949
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 79,577

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Reagan Bob Randolph (Robert Venerik)
Virginia Mayo Ruth Wilson
Eddie Bracken Chuck Donovan
Dona Drake Connie Martin
Henry Travers Judge Bullfinch
Lois Wilson Mrs. Wilson
Florence Bates Miss Shoemaker
Jerome Cowan Mr. Graves
Helen Westcott Miss Brooks
Paul Harvey Jim Townsend
Lloyd Corrigan Mr. Evergood
Myrna Dell Lorraine Scott
William Forrest Mr. Moody
Gary Gray Woody Wilson
Lola Albright Vickie
Raymond Bailey
Richard Bartell Man at Phone Booth
Lennie Bremen News Vendor
Carol Brewster
Peter Camlin Frenchman
Dolores Castle Samba Team
Chester Clute Collection Agent
Lorraine Crawford
Antonio Filauri Italian
Glen B. Gallagher
Jack Gargan
Karen X. Gaylord Model
Gregory Golubeff Italian
Creighton Hale Waiter
Grayce Hampton Guest
Joi Lansing
Vonne Lester
Kay Mansfield
Tony Merrill
Broderick O'Farrell
Robert O'Neil Irishman
Angi O. Poulos Foreigner in Hallway
Jeff Richards
Dale Robertson Lifeguard
Buddy Roosevelt Conductor
Mary Stuart Hazel
Betty Underwood
Nancy Valentine Margot
Joan Vohs
Alice Wallace
Billy Wayne Mac the Bartender
Guy Wilkerson Janitor
William Yetter Jr. Mr. Schwarzholz
Technical Credits
Peter Godfrey Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Allen Boretz Screenwriter
David Buttolph Score Composer
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Edward DuPar Special Effects
Rudi Fehr Editor
Stanley Fleischer Art Director
Alex Gottlieb Producer
Carl Guthrie Cinematographer
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Sol Marcus Songwriter
William McGann Special Effects
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Eddie Seiler Songwriter
Harry Warren Songwriter
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