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Super crisp print of a lightweight flick
- S Fairman
Haven't seen a better print of a 40's film than this; someone must have loved Virginia Mayo in a swimsuit. Crisp pacing as well from IAL Diamond script-- sort of ahead of its time in pace and delivery-- although it all reduces down to ogling the 20-something blonde at the beach. Those live action Disney films of the 50's and early 60's (I'm looking at you, Flubber) must have borrowed the mold of films like this and cast them kid-friendly. R Reagan is pretty good here, a half-notch below his pre-war Kings Row and Juke Girl prime. Courtroom finale detracts from first two-thirds, which is good sitcom presentation. Wolf whistle emphasis detracts from gorgeous V Mayo.
An example of a good star, in a not so good film.
Many people have panned Reagan as an actor, but making that judgement based on a film, and not the actor is not a credible way. But if that is the way you make your judgments, look at the many good films he was. I would also note, that if its Reagan's politics that cloud your opinion, name one film where he does not appear to have liberal, progressive values. And also remember, that when Reagan's career was at his height, he was a Democrat, and eventually became the head of the Actors union.As to this film itself, Virginia Mayo's greatest attribute was her beauty, in my opinion the same could be said of many female stars, including Elizabeth Taylors.
I am one of those people who, as time passes, comes to appreciate Ronald Reagan more and more, both, as the fine actor he was in several good movies, as well as politically, the fine president that he was. Thank you, TCM for showing his films.
- Bob Stanley
I'm not really a Ronald Reagan fan, but I was surprised by this film. It was great. The premise is excellant. A ladies' man posing as a foreigner in a classroom to get close to Virginia Mayo, the two fall in love. The interesting part of this movie is the two quote poetry to each other to prove certain points. I cannot believe this excellant movie in not out on DVD.