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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

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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

The boot camp scenes were filmed at the Coast Guard Training Center, Government Island (now Coast Guard Island), Alameda, California. 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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Griffith both serious and funny
24 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

In this 1958 Warner Brothers production, Andy Griffith is both nutty and yet very dramatic; this movie indicates that fact very well. While I was watching this as a boy in 1958, I was expecting a comedy, but, unlike the side-splitting comedy "No Time for Sergeants" it was only humorous occasionally. I learned empirically that if anyone was looking for a comedy in this, don't get your hopes up along that line. But again, it was a well-done production of its kind. Tersely, the story is about a 1941 Oklahoma boy named Alvin "Al" Woods in maybe his twenties who becomes upset one night with his girlfriend because of a lack of commitment on her part, which spurns him to go join the Coast Guard where he is assigned to a ship in Boston and ends up being a cook. Because of his naivete he is sometimes taken advantage of by others on the ship, though many of them do end up respecting him. He becomes very serious and firm when, because of a conflict in the kitchen, he takes a very serious stand. Again, his dramatic powers come through when he not only takes his stand, but when he becomes frustrated as well. The 12/07/1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was well-dramatized. The acting was well-done. The very lovely Felicia Farr lends support as Stella Papparonis, a not-so-nice girl who likes to throw herself at men. Walter Matthau is comical as 'Red' Wildoe, the chief cook. Ray Danton must have wanted people to hate him, for here he plays a cold and very dishonest Ensign Dennis Higgins. Erin O'Brien is a sweet and pretty lady as Josephine "Jo" Hill, Woods' first love interest. James Gregory, though smile-less and a bit on the rough side, portrays well Lt. Cmdr. Fox, a man who becomes a very good-hearted and supportive friend of Woods. Claude Akins is nutty as a buddy of Woods. Everything taken into consideration, it is a well-done dramatic feat.


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