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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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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
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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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Comedy | Romance

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22 February 1941 (USA)  »

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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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When Alan Hale gets thrown out of the saloon, we can clearly see his abundant white and gray hair. However the stuntman lands on the ground by the pole, his hair is dark. 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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Referenced in Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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In My Merry Oldsmobile
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Music by Gus Edwards
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A witty comedy that stands the test of time
12 June 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Julius Epstein (the man who gave us Arsenic and Old Lace) excels with his adaptation of James Hagan's play One Sunday Afternoon. (For those who think the credit belongs with the playwright not the scriptwriter, I refer you to the 1948 remake One Sunday Afternoon.) The script is crisp and witty, one liners abound, and I found myself laughing out loud often.

The film gains its strength from the morals of a bygone era, as men and women struggle to find love without overstepping the bounds of decency. Yet it holds up well more than 60 years after it was made. The themes of love and happiness are timeless.

Cagney is excellent as jailbird-turned-dentist Biff Grimes. His famed tough guy persona bubbles not very far below the surface but we are reminded that this actor is much more multi-faceted than history sometimes remembers him.

The female cast members are outstanding. The beautiful Susan Hayworth plays the title character Virginia Brush superbly, showing every nuance of the shallow yet ultimately dissatisfied wannabe socialite. Her best friend, Ann Lind, provides a great showcase for Olivia de Havilland's talent, moving from the brash, forward suffragette to the devoted wife, showing her vulnerability as well as her strength along the way.

Some of Hollwood's fine character actors get a chance to impress too. The hard-working Jack Carson impresses as Hugo Barnstead, the charming womanizer turned sleazy tycoon. George Tobias has plenty of scene-stealing moments as Grimes' good friend, Nick the barber. (Look closely and you may recognize him as Bewitched's Abner Kravitz.) Alan Hale is at his best as Grimes' irrepressible Irish father. Keep your eye out for TV's Superman George Reeves as Harold, the Yale student neighbour.

This film provides an amusing reminder that beauty and wealth do not always bring happiness.

Enjoy Strawberry Blonde. I did.


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