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Onionhead (1958)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 October 1958 (USA)
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After his girlfriend Jo refuses to make a commitment to their relationship, Al Woods decides to enlist and finds himself in the US Coast Guard. He makes it through basic training but a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead
Stella Papparonis
'Red' Wildoe
Erin O'Brien ...
Josephine 'Jo' Hill
Harry 'Doc' O'Neal
Ensign Dennis Higgins
Sidney Gutsell
'Windy' Woods
Ainslie Pryor ...
Chief Miller
Sean Garrison ...
Yeoman Kaffhamp
Dan Barton ...
Ens. Fineberg
Mark Roberts ...
Lt. J.G. Bennett
Clark (scenes deleted)


After his girlfriend Jo refuses to make a commitment to their relationship, Al Woods decides to enlist and finds himself in the US Coast Guard. He makes it through basic training but a run-in with one of his instructor's lands him as a junior cook on a ship based in Boston. At a bar, he meets the pretty Stella Papparonis and while they see each other regularly, she refuses to stay with him when he rents a hotel room for the night. On board ship, he finds that his direct superior, 'Red' Wildoe, isn't very helpful as far as the galley goes but Al proves to be quite adept at cooking. Al learns a lot about doing the right thing, especially when Stella, now married to Red, starts throwing herself at every man in sight. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, life becomes far more serious as well. Written by garykmcd

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coast guard | based on book | See All (2) »


The Ship's Cook who has the Coast Guard in a Stew!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

25 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Zwiebelkopf  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Triva - The boot camp scenes were filmed at the Coast Guard Training Center Alameda, California. See more »


Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: Now get this straight - I brought you home as a favour to Red. And you might...
Stella Papparonis: Oh, I married the wrong guy. It should have been you. I don't care what you think, but love me, love me, love me.
Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: Get away from me! Other guys have had unfaithful wives but you're not even that. I pity Red.
Stella Papparonis: Al! Pity me!
Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: For what? For being a cheap, dirty, little tramp?
Stella Papparonis: You think I want to be like this? Don't you think I'd like to be happy and find love like other women? Don't you think I'd like to be satisfied with ...
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South American Way
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played when Red and Stella show up at the tavern
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It's not a comedy but..........
3 December 2006 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I have seen the movie a few times over the years, and usually enjoy it for what it is. Its not a comedy, though it has funny moments, and the characters are interesting even though none of them is really appealing. I suppose it would have to be classified as a drama, though it isn't really dramatic in theme or treatment, and it isn't exactly slice of life, its too scatter-shot to be that. A series of incidents that define the character and development of a man from callow youth through cynical adult to something a bit more compassionate and understanding by the end of the movie. This movie was apparently something of a departure for Andy Griffith, as he rarely returned to this sort of material in his career, seeming to prefer a more slapstick, comedic role, but it does indeed demonstrate his capability of handling material outside that venue.

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