The New Pictures, Aug. 28, 1950

The Petty Girl (Columbia) is an apocryphal account of how Calendar Artist George Petty awakened to his talent for drawing biologically improbable cheesecake. A freehand farce with some pleasant tunes by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, the movie is just as implausible as Petty girls—and almost as well-turned and diverting.

As Producer-Scripter Nat Perrin tells it, Petty (Robert Cummings) at first scorns his knack for improving on the female anatomy, permits a hoity-toity patroness to set him up in style as a serious painter. Then he meets Joan Caulfield, a shapely college professor with Victorian ideas. During an energetic courtship involving arrest,...

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