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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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Biff Grimes
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Amy Lind
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Virginia Brush
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Old Man Grimes
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Hugo Barnstead
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Nicholas Pappalas
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Mrs. Mulcahey
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Harold
Lucile Fairbanks ...
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Big Joe
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Josephine
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Toby
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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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The TCM print ran 99 minutes; the extra 2 minutes was due to a 'follow-the-bouncing-ball' sing-along after "The End," to the main song "The Band Played On." 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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Biff Grimes: I uh, I guess a little kiss is harmless if it's all in fun.
Amy Lind: Even if it isn't in fun.
Biff Grimes: You mean - -?
Amy Lind: Exactly.
Biff Grimes: Well, wouldn't you like a nice, young man to marry you someday?
Amy Lind: No, not particularly.
Biff Grimes: So you don't believe in the institution of marriage!
Amy Lind: An outmoded, silly convention started by the cavemen and encouraged by the florists and jewelers. After all, what's marriage?
Biff Grimes: Wouldn't you like to have a home and kids?
Amy Lind: Certainly I would, but that doesn't mean you have to go through all the...
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The Bowery
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Raoul Walsh at his peak
10 December 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

It is always a great thrill to watch this classical comedy drama made by one of greatest directors of the bygone Hollywood golden era, Raoul Walsh. You may also point out that The Strawberry Blonde in many ways reflect his own boyhood and youth memories of New York and in some ways that is also the case for the vibrant, arrogant and cocky James Cagney. The film has a wonderful turn of the century atmosphere and it is so highly professional made in all aspects of film-making, that is to tell a story with pictures.The actors are superb and of course you notice that Walsh was a no nonsense director. Someone said about him that Walsh's idea of a great love scene was to "burn down a brothel". But in The Strawberry Blonde you can see that he had many sides and abilities. All together a masterpiece of it's time and a tribute to American culture and the real golden era of film-making.


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