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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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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

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

Goofs

When Alan Hale gets thrown out of the saloon, we can clearly see his abundant white and gray hair. However the stuntman lands on the ground by the pole, his hair is dark. 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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Soundtracks

Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Kerry Mills
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Sung by George Reeves, Lucile Fairbanks and others
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Nostalgic, Bittersweet Fun
7 April 2007 | by louis-kingSee all my reviews

Cagney departs from his tough, street smart persona to play the gullible, not so tough Biff Grimes. Notice how he loses fight after fight; in one scene he's a barroom bouncer tossing his drunken father out asking his father not to put up too much of a fight "I'm supposed to be a tough guy".

He gets suckered time after time by Hugo and Virginia. That wouldn't have happened to other Cagney characters! His best scenes are with Olivia DeHavilland. What chemistry. Sometimes no dialog, just glances.

The main characters play off each other phenomenally. Even the minor characters are superb. Who was that fat German who blew beer foam into Cagney's face? He was great! The period music is so woven into the story that the movie almost becomes a musical. The lovely theme that's played whenever Olivia DeHavilland come into the scene is "When You Were Sweet Sixteen". Unlike the title song "Strawberry Blonde", it's never sung in the movie but it was popular at the turn of the century. Perry Como made it one of his hits in the early 1940's.

The movie is such a nostalgic, funny, (sad at times) look back at the turn of the century that you wish you could go back there with them.

It's amazing that director Raoul Walsh also made the brilliant, violent, cynical "White Heat" with nary a sentimental, lovable character.


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