The Strawberry Blonde

The Strawberry Blonde

James Cagney
Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: James Cagney
James Cagney
, Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
Raoul Walsh

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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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.

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: 8,072

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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