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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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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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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:

Uma Loira com Açúcar See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Lux Radio Theatre produced a version of "One Sunday Afternoon" on August 24, 1936 on CBS with Jack Oakie as Biff. See more »

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The skins of the bananas that Biff eats, disappear from under the bench when he and Virginia stand up. See more »

Quotes

Virginia Brush: [waiting to meet their dates] Now listen. We won't say a word to them. Just let them pass. Oh, of course, if they say something, we'll say something.
Amy Lind: And if they don't say anything, we won't say anything.
Virginia Brush: No, just drop your eyes.
Amy Lind: Drop my eyes?
Virginia Brush: Yes. That'll show them we're good girls and they can't trifle with us.
Amy Lind: Well for goodness sakes what did we come here for if not to be trifled with?
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Version of The Ford Theatre Hour: One Sunday Afternoon (1949) See more »

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When You Were Sweet Sixteen
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A departure from Cagney's earlier gangster roles
26 November 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Almost all of Cagney's early roles were that of a gangster or a fast-talking con-man. Starting in the 40's as the major studios ramped up their production of patriotic films in anticipation of war, Cagney starred in some military roles such as "The Fighting 69th" and "Captains of the Clouds". However, it was still the same old wise-cracking gangster or con-man - he was just in uniform. Don't get me wrong, I never get tired watching Cagney play these kinds of parts, but I've read that the typecasting was a source of friction between himself and Warner Brothers.

This film is a real departure from the kind of role that Cagney had grown tired of by 1934. In it he plays Biff Grimes, a dentist at the beginning of the 20th century. Biff has had a series of misfortunes heaped upon him throughout his life. To begin with his Dad (Alan Hale) is a ne'er-do-well, and he has a "friend" Hugo F. Barnstead (Jack Carson) who is always managing to get the best of him and then some. Hugo works up from small slights such as not paying back money or leaving Biff with the tab to stealing and marrying Biff's ideal girl and finally setting Biff up to take the fall in some substandard work Hugo's company has done for the city. After Biff gets out of prison after serving time for a crime he didn't commit, he has a chance to get even with Hugo -as in killing him - and make it look like an accident. Since most of the movie is told in flashback, and Cagney is playing a likable if somewhat gullible fellow who has been deeply wronged, you don't know how it will end or what he will do. The supporting cast is great in this one. Jack Carson was always playing the slippery type in Warner films around this time, and he does the job of playing Hugo with believable gusto, always making excuses for his part in Biff's predicaments. Rita Hayworth is cast as "the strawberry blonde" that Biff loses to Hugo, and Olivia De Havilland plays the girl Biff ultimately marries. She turns out to the one piece of good luck that Biff has as she is tough and loyal in a crisis.

A bittersweet romantic comedy, this is one of my favorite post-code Cagney films.


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