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
Did You Know?
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
The skins of the bananas that Biff eats, disappear from under the bench when he and Virginia stand up. See more
[Virginia is disappointed that Amy didn't change
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...
Ooh hush, Amy. You're not at a suffragette meeting now!
[continuing her tirade
The tyranny for man or for woman. The stupid convention that says a woman will wear such and such. The...
Please, Amy, just tonight, try to be a woman not a pamphlet.
[she stands up, looking at the sky
Women throughout the ages... oh, it's...
The Band Played On
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Lyrics by John F. Palmer
Played and sung often throughout the film See more