John Loves Mary, 1949

A soldier, John, comes back home to marry his fiancé, Mary, but he first must be divorced from the woman he married in England. He hopes he doesn’t have to explain that he only married the English woman so she could come to the US to marry John’s best friend Fred who saved his life. Fred looked all over England for her and had to come back home without her. When John found her, he vowed to repay Fred for saving his life by bringing home the girl Fred thought he’d never find.

Great conflict and twists in this film. Patricia Neal did a great job in her Hollywood film debut. Neal, as Mary, was believably emotional. I also enjoyed Ronald Reagan as the troubled, but hopeful John.

Taken from a play by Norman Krasna, this film was written by Henry and Phoebe Ephron, parents of Nora Ephron who was nominated for Best Writing Oscars for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle.