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One Sunday Afternoon (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  1 September 1933 (USA)
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Middle-aged dentist Biff Grimes reminisces about his unrequited love for beautiful Virginia Brush and her husband Hugo, his ex-friend, who betrayed him.

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Biff Grimes
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Virginia Brush
Frances Fuller ...
Amy Lind
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Snappy Downer
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Hugo Barnstead
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Mrs. Lind
Clara Blandick ...
Mrs. Brush (scenes deleted)
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Hugo and Biff were friends until they met Virginia. Biff could think of no one but Virginia, but she would never be happy with a big slow bully. So she married Hugo and Biff married Amy just because his Virginia got married. Amy loves Biff, but Biff constantly thinks of Virginia even after Hugo takes his job and has him put into prison for two years. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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1 September 1933 (USA)  »

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A Mulher Preferida  »

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| (Turner Library print)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was one of three Paramount sound features acquired by Warner Bros., along with 1929's "The Letter" and 1932's "A Farewell to Arms" with the intention of remaking (though the latter was never remade by WB). These films would join the "Popeye" cartoons as properties originally by Paramount that were sold to Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.) in 1956. See more »

Quotes

Virginia 'Virgie' Brush Barnstead: How'd you know my name's Virginia?
Dr. Lucius Griffith 'Biff' Grimes: That's for me to know and you to find out.
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Version of One Sunday Afternoon (1948) See more »

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Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played on the carousel
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Very good and very watchable, but it lacks the life and fun of the remake.
27 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins in a dental office, as the dentist, Biff (Gary Cooper), talks to a friend (Roscoe Karns) about this relationship with Hugo (Neil Hamilton) back in the Gay 90s when they had been friends. This is instigated when Hugo comes to the office and sees Biff for the first time in decades. Hugo needs a tooth pulled and while he is sedated with gas, Biff recalls their past when they were both ardently pursuing a pretty young lady (Fay Wray)--while pretty much ignoring her more plain but much sweeter friend (Frances Fuller). Through the course of the film, Hugo stabs his supposed friend in the back again and again.

This movie is the original--with remakes in 1941 (THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE) and 1948 (ONE Sunday AFTERNOON). While I rarely prefer remakes, I must say that the 1941 version is much more watchable and fun. Part of this is because the 1933 version is so very, very quiet--with very little music to help set the mood. Also, the whole mood of the 1933 film is more somber and the story a bit more direct and "bare bones" in style. Also, while I like Gary Cooper films, for a comedy like this one, Cagney was better and the supporting actors he had were also superior and gave THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE so much more energy. This film is still well worth seeing, but the 1941 film has a more polished plot, better characters and the full Warner Brothers package (wonderful and first-rate production values) that this Paramount film lacks.


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