The Petty Girl was an unusual comic tale about an illustrator, George Petty (Robert Cummings), who enrolls at a design school with the romantic intention of pursuing a gorgeous female professor (Joan Caulfield). His enthusiastic pursuit, however, eventually gets her fired and the professor ends up pursuing Cummings back to New York seemingly for revenge, but perhaps not. Features songs by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen. Also known as Girl of the Year.
The Petty Girl is based in part on real life artist George Petty, whose cheesecake images appeared in magazines like Esquire in the 1940’s. Cheesecake images are pinup girls – sexual, but not explicit – of scantily clothed females.
Cast: Robert Cummings, Joan Caulfield, Elsa Lanchester, Melville Cooper, Audrey Long, Mary Wickes, Frank Orth, John Ridgely, Dorothy Abbott, Gino Corrado, Pat Flaherty, James Griffith, Tippi Hedren, Movita, Ray Teal, Ian Wolfe
Director: Henry Levin
Writers: Nat Perrin, Mary McCarthy
Producer: Nat Perrin
Composer: Harold Arlen
Director of Photography: William E. Snyder
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: 17 August 1950
Running Time: 87 minutes
Genres: Musical, Comedy
Country: United States of America