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One Sunday Afternoon (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 1 September 1933 (USA)
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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Virginia Brush
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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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He wondered for years...if he'd married the wrong girl...then fate told him astoundingly.

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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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Although a Paramount film, Warner Bros. acquired the rights for the 1941 and 1948 remakes, so it is in the MGM/UA and Turner library with a running time of 69 minutes. However, some cutting of the original must have taken place, because both Clara Blandick (who is credited on-screen) and Sam Hardy do not appear in their print. 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 Lux Video Theatre: One Sunday Afternoon (1957) See more »

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On a Sunday Afternoon
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by 'Andrew Sterling (II)'
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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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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