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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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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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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 15 February 1933 and ran for 322 performances. The opening cast included Lloyd Nolan as Biff, Francesca Bruning as Amy, Rankin Mansfield as Hugo, Mary Holsman as Virginia and Percy Helton as Snappy. 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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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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Great, overlooked Americana
13 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I suppose it doesn't stand up to close analysis: For one thing, what does the Frances Fuller character see in the Gary Cooper character (other than his looking like Gary Cooper?). He's undeservedly boastful, he's hot-tempered, he's snide and hyperdefensive. Also, how, having fallen so ignominiously, would the Coop character reestablish his place in the community? It doesn't add up. Nevertheless, this is a heartfelt and most moving rural romance, less elaborate than its Warners remake but more affecting. Despite its Paramount imprimatur, its small-town setting, unfussy production values, and understated tone more suggest the Fox studio of the day. Cooper, underplaying masterfully, somehow makes this lout likable, and Fuller, who didn't have much of a career, has unusual soulfulness. Somewhat in the fashion of Molnar's "Liliom" (or its Americanized counterpart, "Carousel"), it's a sincere story of a ne'er-do-well braggart and the good woman who loves him unconditionally; the happy resolution is perhaps not credible, practically speaking, but it's so soul-satisfying. Roscoe Karns is enormous help as Cooper's uncomplicated, good-natured longtime pal, and interesting folk like Jane Darwell and Clara Blandick turn up in small roles. At a trim 75 minutes, it's not only a good story well told but a vivid look at a happier America long, long vanished.


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