Strawberry Blonde

The Strawberry Blonde

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Director: Raoul Walsh

Cast: James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth

     
 
Strawberry Blonde is the second, and by far the most well-regarded, of the three film versions of James Hogan's play One Sunday Afternoon. James Cagney stars as Biff Grimes, a turn-of-the-century dentist married to onetime suffragette Amy Lind (Olivia de Havilland). A former convict, Biff has great difficulty keeping his temper--and when alderman Hugo

Overview

Strawberry Blonde is the second, and by far the most well-regarded, of the three film versions of James Hogan's play One Sunday Afternoon. James Cagney stars as Biff Grimes, a turn-of-the-century dentist married to onetime suffragette Amy Lind (Olivia de Havilland). A former convict, Biff has great difficulty keeping his temper--and when alderman Hugo Barnstead (Jack Carson), the man responsible for Cagney's unjust prison term, shows up one Sunday afternoon to have a tooth pulled, the pugnacious dentist begins developing homicidal urges. In a lengthy flashback, we learn that Biff and Hugo, once the best of friends, were business partners in a construction firm. When one of their buildings collapsed due to shoddy materials, Biff was sent to jail for five years, while Hugo escaped scot-free. Even worse, Hugo stole Biff's girlfriend Virginia Brush (Rita Hayworth), the "strawberry blonde" of the title. The flashback over, Biff sharkishly welcomes Hugo into his office, fully intending to bump off his old enemy. But during a reunion with his "dream girl" Virginia, Biff realizes for the first time that Amy was the right girl for him all along, and that Hugo did him a favor by taking the strident, shrewish Virginia off his hands. Letting Hugo off with little more than a sore jaw, Biff takes Amy in his arms--but not before settling a few old accounts with his fists, just for old time's sake.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Raoul Walsh's excellent adaptation of James Hagan's stage fable One Sunday Afternoon features Olivia De Haviland in a rare comic part. Told in flashback, the film stars James Cagney as a turn-of-the-century dentist who contemplates doing away with his next patient (Jack Carson), a former friend who years earlier stole the girl (Rita Hayworth) he wanted, and later framed him for a crime which landed him in prison for five years. It's something of a novelty to see Cagney and former cowboy Walsh, both of whom made their name in tough-guy pictures, work so well in a different genre. Cagney goes against type as a sucker, constantly being outwitted by his fatuous con-man "friend." While it doesn't approach the satiric bite of Preston Sturges, the film recalls his work in its suggestion of the essential corruption of city life, and a sure sense of the kind of characters who usually end up on the top of the heap. But in a film where poetic justice prevails, Walsh has chosen to soften the story even more by cloaking it in nostalgia and period elements. Cagney, Carson, and De Haviland are all excellent, and, in her biggest role to date, Hayworth has rarely looked more beautiful.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
UPC:
0883316118948
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
3,357

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Biff Grimes
Olivia de Havilland Amy Lind
Rita Hayworth Virginia Brush
Jack Carson Hugo Barnstead
Alan Hale Old Man Grimes
George Tobias Nick Pappalas
Una O'Connor Mrs. Mulcahey
George Reeves Harold
Lucille Fairbanks Harold's Girl Friend
Edward McNamara Big Joe
Helen Lynd Josephine Miller
Herbert Heywood Toby
James Flavin Boat Inspector
Frank Mayo Policeman
Max Hoffman Policeman
Pat Flaherty Policeman
Peter Ashley Young man
Roy Gordon Bank president
Jack Mower Streetcleaner
John Sheehan Streetcleaner
David Thursby Street Cleaner
Creighton Hale Secretary
Addison Richards Official
Russell Hicks Treadway
Peggy Diggins Girl
Susan Peters Girl
Ann Edmonds Girl
Jack Daley Bartender
Bob Perry Hanger-on
Harrison Greene Hangers-On
Dick Wessel Man
William Newell Man
Frank Melton Man
Harry Seymour Man
Dorothy Vaughan Woman
Richard Clayton Dandy
Herbert Anderson Girl-chaser in park
Frank Orth Baxter
George Campeau Sailor
Abe Dinovitch Singer
Paul Phillips Fellow
George Humbert Guiseppi
Carl Harbaugh Workman
Lucia Carroll Nurse
Wade Boteler Warden
Paul Barrett Actor
Tim Ryan Streetcleaner foreman
Eddy Chandler Streetcleaner

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
William Cagney Associate Producer
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Philip G. Epstein Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert M. Haas Art Director
William Holmes Editor
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Russ Saunders Asst. Director
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack L. Warner Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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The Strawberry Blonde 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Medic_Chick05 More than 1 year ago
great movie..a must see!!