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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

In March 1941, Warner Brothers was distributing this film on a double bill with another comedy, Honeymoon for Three (1941) starring Ann Sheridan and George Brent. 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

Amy Lind: [as Hugo and Biff speed by]
Amy Lind: Here they come.
Virginia Brush: [excitedly] They're just trying to make an impression.
Amy Lind: [bewildered] Do you think we'll ever see them again?
Virginia Brush: [excited whisper] The street runs in a circle; they should be back any minute.
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In My Merry Oldsmobile
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
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A very enjoyable, different type role for Cagney
20 February 2000 | by oldwjljrSee all my reviews

Very entertaining, funny, and well acted movie. A great cast including a young George Reeves (Superman). It starts out as a comedy but has a lot of serious moments without being preachy. It is hard to believe that Cagney would come in second in anything in life but he plays the part perfectly.


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