John Loves Mary

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John Loves Mary
Directed by David Butler
Produced by Jerry Wald
Screenplay by Henry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
Based on John Loves Mary '47 play 
by Norman Krasna
Starring Ronald Reagan
Jack Carson
Wayne Morris
Patricia Neal
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography J. Peverell Marley
Edited by Irene Morra
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
February 19, 1949
Running time
96 mins.
Country United States
Language English

John Loves Mary is a 1949 film directed by David Butler. It stars Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal and Jack Carson.[1] This was Patricia Neal's film debut.

Based on Broadway play John Loves Mary written by Norman Krasna, Feb 04, 1947 - Feb 07, 1948 at the Booth Theatre and Music Box Theatre, New York, NY.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

John Lawrence (Ronald Reagan) is a returning GI. Mary McKinley (Patricia Neal in her film debut) is the girl he left behind.

But their reunion will have to wait: John has returned with cockney war bride Lilly Herbish (Virginia Field) in tow. It seems that John married Lilly as a favor to get her into the U.S., intending to divorce her so that she can wed her true love, John's old pal Fred Taylor (Jack Carson).[3]


Original play[edit]

John Loves Mary
Written by Norman Krasna
Date premiered 4 March 1947
Place premiered New York
Original language English
Genre comedy
Setting Living Room of apartment of Senator James McKinley, in the St. Regis Hotel, New York.

John Loves Mary was a highly popular play, running for 423 performances.[4]

The debut production was directed by Joshua Logan.

Original cast[edit]


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