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The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

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Quick-tempered but likable Biff grimes falls big for beautiful Virginia Brush, but he's not the only young man in the neighborhood who's smitten.

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Virginia Brush
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Hugo Barnstead
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Biff Grimes is pugnacious but likable young man during the Gay 90's living with his ne'er-do-well father, noted for their scrappy personalities and quick tempers. Like every other young man in town, Biff has a crush on gorgeous and flirtatious 'strawberry blonde' Virginia Brush, who gets catcalls every time she walks past the all-male clientèle of the neighborhood barber shop. Biff is joined in his admiration by his friends, Nick Pappalis, an immigrant Greek barber, and Hugo Barnsfeld, an unscrupulously ambitious young man who doesn't let anything stand in the way of what he wants, including Virginia. Utilizing both fair means and foul Hugo sweeps Vrginia off her feet and frames Biff as the fall guy in a political graft schemee. However, every dog has his day, and eight years later Biff stands poised to take his revenge. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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22 February 1941 (USA)  »

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Uma Loira com Açúcar  »

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James Hagen's play, "One Sunday Afternoon," opened at the Little Theatre in New York City on 15 February 1933 and closed in November 1933 after 322 performances. Lloyd Nolan played Biff Grimes. See more »

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The skins of the bananas that Biff eats, disappear from under the bench when he and Virginia stand up. See more »

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Virginia Brush: [they are at the Statue of Liberty and they watch a woman slap a man for trying to kiss her]
Virginia Brush: And she was right too.
Biff Grimes: Well, if a man can't get liberties here, where can he?
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When You Were Sweet Sixteen
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Cagney and that Strawberry Blonde
23 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Strawberry Blonde was the second and best version of this film and gives James Cagney one of his best screen roles. This version was sandwiched in between a 1933 version and a 1948 musical version under its original title of One Sunday Afternoon.

Most people think of James Cagney as the sharp, know it all from the city streets. He's certainly played that part often enough especially in his early days at Warner Brothers. But there was a softer, more nostalgic side to Cagney and it comes out in films like this one, Johnny Come Lately, and The Time of Your Life. And of course his most famous piece of turn of the last century nostalgia, Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Part of Strawberry Blonde's charm is the nice musical background of turn of the last century popular music. Makes you feel that you really are back in the New York City of Tammany Hall. In fact some aside references to Tammany are in the script.

The plot is simple, Cagney and Jack Carson are after the same woman, the glamorous Strawberry Blonde played by Rita Hayworth. She's of course got a plain jane girlfriend in Olivia DeHavilland.

One unusual twist for Cagney is that normally he's the con man in films. Here he's the butt for all of Jack Carson's cons. Some of them have tragic results for Cagney.

The ending is sweet however for both Cagney and DeHavilland. Lots of truth in that old adage about being careful what you wish for.


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