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The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 February 1941 (USA)
Quick-tempered yet likable Biff Grimes falls for the beautiful Virginia Brush, but he is not the only young man in the neighborhood who is smitten with her.

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Old Man Grimes
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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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Uma Loira com Açúcar  »

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Ann Sheridan was originally cast as Virginia Brush, but became involved in an acrimonious salary dispute with Warner Brothers. The studio borrowed Rita Hayworth from Columbia, even though career was foundering with clinkers like Blondie on a Budget (1940). "The Strawberry Blonde" became a big boost to her career. Jack L. Warner liked her work so much that he immediately used her again in another romantic comedy, Affectionately Yours (1941). 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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Amy Lind: [Virginia is disappointed that Amy didn't change]
Amy Lind: I'm proud of my uniform. It's a sign to the men that women not only have the same right to work as the men, but that in the eyes...
Virginia Brush: Ooh hush, Amy. You're not at a suffragette meeting now!
Amy Lind: [continuing her tirade] The tyranny for man or for woman. The stupid convention that says a woman will wear such and such. The...
Virginia Brush: Please, Amy, just tonight, try to be a woman not a pamphlet.
Amy Lind: [she stands up, looking at the sky] Women throughout the ages... oh, it's...
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Rita Hayworth (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Band Played On
(1895) (uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Lyrics by John F. Palmer
Played and sung often throughout the film
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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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