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The Strawberry Blonde Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 21, 1941


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Heinz Roemheld Best Score 1941 Nominee


James Cagney
as Biff Grimes
Olivia de Havilland
as Amy Lind
Rita Hayworth
as Virginia Brush
Jack Carson
as Hugo Barnstead
Alan Hale
as Old Man Grimes
George Tobias
as Nick Pappalas
Una O'Connor
as Mrs. Mulcahey
George Reeves
as Harold
Helen Lynd
as Josephine Miller
Herbert Heywood
as Toby
William Newell
as Man
Wade Boteler
as Warden
Frank Melton
as Man
Carl Harbaugh
as Workman
John Sheehan
as Streetcleaner
Dick Wessel
as Man
Pat Flaherty
as Policeman
Russell Hicks
as Treadway
Peter Ashley
as Young man
Addison Richards
as Official
Harry Seymour
as Man
Susan Peters
as Girl
Bob Perry
as Hanger-on
Paul Phillips
as Fellow
Lucia Carroll
as Nurse
Dorothy Vaughan
as Woman
Frank Mayo
as Policeman
Eddy Chandler
as Streetcleaner
George Humbert
as Guiseppi
Creighton Hale
as Secretary
David Thursby
as Street Cleaner
Harrison Greene
as Hangers-On
Abe Dinovitch
as Singer
Jack Mower
as Streetcleaner
James Flavin
as Boat Inspector
Frank Orth
as Baxter
Roy Gordon
as Bank president


Raoul Walsh
Hal B. Wallis
Jack L. Warner
James Hogan
Play Author
Philip G. Epstein
Julius J. Epstein
James Wong Howe
Heinz Roemheld
Composer (Music Score)
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
William Holmes
William Cagney
Associate Producer
Costume Designer
Willard Van Enger
Special Effects
Perc Westmore