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Onionhead (1958)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 25 October 1958 (USA)
In 1941, an Oklahoma college graduate joins the US Coast Guard and serves as a cook on a ship based in Boston.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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'Red' Wildoe
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Josephine 'Jo' Hill
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Ensign Dennis Higgins
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Lt. Cmdr. Fox aka The Skipper
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Sidney Gutsell
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'Windy' Woods
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Poznicki
Ainslie Pryor ...
Chief Miller
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Yeoman Kaffhamp
Dan Barton ...
Ens. Fineberg
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Lt. J.G. Bennett
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Clark (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

25 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Zwiebelkopf  »

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Budget:

$960,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Griffith stated that this film was such a box-office disaster, that it rerouted his career from film into television. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Woods leaves the bar and walks down the street without his cover (what a hat is called in the military) Even though he is happily distracted by his finace'. Anyone who has been in the service more than a week would never go out of doors without his cover. It's second nature. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Where Am I? (Am I in Heaven?)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Al runs into Stella at the tavern
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below average
15 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Follow-up to Andy Griffith's big hit in "No Time for Sergeants" moves the action to the Coast Guard and WW II. Though more of a serious role this movie is usually advertised as a comedy when it crops up on TV even though there is none of the broad farce from the earlier film. The title concerns Griffith's character's hair falling out and having an onion mixture applied to it to promote hair growth. All around unmemorable.


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