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The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 February 1941 (USA)
Quick-tempered yet likable Biff Grimes falls for the beautiful Virginia Brush, but he is not the only young man in the neighborhood who is smitten with her.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Biff Grimes
Olivia de Havilland ... Amy Lind
Rita Hayworth ... Virginia Brush
Alan Hale ... Old Man Grimes
Jack Carson ... Hugo Barnstead
George Tobias ... Nicholas Pappalas
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Mulcahey
George Reeves ... Harold
Lucile Fairbanks ... Harold's Girl Friend
Edward McNamara Edward McNamara ... Big Joe
Helen Lynd ... Josephine
Herbert Heywood Herbert Heywood ... Toby
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Sunday Afternoon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film has a 100% rating based on 9 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

Goofs

When the two policemen arrive at Biff's (James Cagney) home to arrest him, Biff addresses the one to his right as Matt, however when he introduces him to wife Amy (Olivia de Havilland), Biff calls him Charlie Brown and states that the other policeman is Matt Hughes. See more »

Quotes

Amy Lind: There's something about the country air.
Biff Grimes: Hm?
Amy Lind: I said, there's something about the country air.
Biff Grimes: I like city air.
Amy Lind: Well... there really isn't any difference between city air and country air. They're both hydrogen, and oxygen, and -...
Biff Grimes: Air! You can't even see it, so why talk about it?
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Connections

Referenced in The Ninth Configuration (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fountain in the Park
(1884) (uncredited)
aka "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"
Music by Ed Haley
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Sparkling comedy with top-notch Cagney-De Havilland-Hayworth performances...
1 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Charming turn-of-the-century romantic comedy gives Rita Hayworth her breakthrough role as the flirtatious town siren who gets her comeuppance when she ditches James Cagney for Jack Carson. Her best friend Amy (Olivia de Havilland) marries dentist Biff (Cagney) after an unusual courtship which provides some amusing scenes between the outspoken miss and her boyfriend. The plot thickens when Cagney's best friend Hugo (Jack Carson) uses him in a shady business scheme that leaves Cagney taking the blame and serving time in prison. He resolves to get even with Hugo one day--and gets his chance when Hayworth brings Hugo to his dental office to have a tooth pulled. It's all done with a light touch and played to the hilt by an engaging cast. Rita shines in the title role but it is Olivia de Havilland who really walks off with the film as Cagney's sweetheart. Time magazine reported that she stole the film from both of them with her "electric winks". Only flaw is the occasional emphasis on comedy scenes with Alan Hale (as Cagney's father) that tend to drag. George Tobias has a good supporting role, as does George Reeves ("Superman") who appears at the beginning and end of the story as Cagney's belligerent neighbor. Cagney is his usual blustery self but shows a nice flair for comedy. Entertaining and a great film to watch on a rainy afternoon.

Trivia note: Compare this with the musical remake Raoul Walsh directed in '48 called ONE Sunday AFTERNOON with Dennis Morgan, Dorothy Malone and Janis Paige in the three central roles. Painfully bad and painfully dull with terrible songs and lackluster work by Morgan as Biff Grimes.


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