Because his finances are low and he is seeking background for a new book, author Tony Barratt and his wife Dora return to his country home in Conneecticut. While he is finding a theme for ... See full summary »
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
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The AFI Catalogue lists the copyright length of 2734.36 m (which calculates to a running time of 100 minutes), 8 reels and a running time of 85 minutes. The film length is probably an error, since it is incompatible with the listed time, or else severe cuts was made after the copyright registration. See more »
When Hugo Barnstead (Neil Hamilton) comes to a dentist office to have a tooth pulled he never expected to run into Biff Grimes (Gary Cooper). Years earlier Biff fell in love with the vamp Virginia (Fay Wray) only to have his heart broken when she ran off with the other man. It seems this film has been forgotten over the years due to how popular the remake with James Cagney was when it was released. That's really too bad because even though THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE was a fine film, this early sound version features a terrific cast and is a pretty good time on its own. What I enjoyed most about this film were the performances from the cast. I really enjoyed Cooper here who was simply superb playing this man who goes through his entire life with rage and anger because the girl he loved got away. I thought Cooper did a terrific job at playing the more dramatic parts extremely straight but I also thought he was wonderful during some of the comic moments. The sequence when he first meets Virginia was a classic because of the comic timing he brought to it. Wray is also extremely good as the vamp, although she's not given too much to do here. I will say that her attempt at Mae West at the end of the film didn't work all that well but it was still entertaining seeing her do it. Frances Fuller is terrific as the woman Cooper marries on the rebound and Hamilton makes for a good villain. I think the biggest problem with the film is that Cooper's character is such a jerk and is at times so mean that you somewhat lose sympathy for him. I thought he was especially cruel to his future wife and I was a little surprised to how mean his character was. Still, ONE Sunday AFTERNOON is a pure gem that's certainly worth checking out and especially if you're a fan of the cast.
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