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The Strawberry Blonde 1941 123movies

The Strawberry Blonde 1941 123movies

Wanting what others have can only be destructive, or is it?Feb. 21, 194197 Min.
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Watch: The Strawberry Blonde 1941 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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 clientele 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 Virginia off her feet and frames Biff as the fall guy in a political graft scheme. However, every dog has his day, and, eight years later, Biff stands poised to take his revenge..
Plot: Biff Grimes is desperately in love with Virginia, but his best friend Hugo marries her and manipulates Biff into becoming involved in his somewhat nefarious businesses. Hugo appears to have stolen Biff’s dreams, and Biff has to deal with the realisation that having what he wants and wanting what another has can be very different things.
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Nostalgic, Bittersweet Fun
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.

Review By: louis-king
“… and the band played on”
During the golden age of Hollywood, a lot of pictures, especially the romances and musicals, took us back to another golden era – the final years of the 19th century. Not only was this the time in which many of the old guard were in their youth, it happens to be a good era for nostalgia in general. An innocent age before either world war and before the motor car had made the horse obsolete, a world perhaps best summed up by the sweet yet earthy character of its music.

The Strawberry Blonde is itself a picture about nostalgia, albeit tinged with regret, as a man goes into a reverie about the friend and the would-be lover who wronged him years earlier. It is no surprise that the screenplay is by the Epstein brothers, Julius and Philip, whose best-known work Casablanca, a story with a very similar mix of regret and fondness for the past. However, with the flashback making up the bulk of its runtime, The Strawberry Blonde is by far the more indulgent of the two. Casablanca lives in the present while The Strawberry Blonde dreams of the past.

The director here is Raoul Walsh, who according to the blurb on the back of numerous DVDs was an “action master”. A more extensive look at his pictures though reveals him to be a bit of a romantic, with a real feeling for the warmth and intensity of human relationships. Whereas Warner’s top director Michael Curtiz always emphasised sets and props, all but burying the actors, Walsh does the complete opposite. Take the scene in the bar where Alan Hale is drinking at the start of the flashback – each shot is made almost entirely of people, with folks lining the edge of the frame. It gives it a real cosy effect. Walsh also places us right inside the emotions of a scene by having actors facing the camera. When James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland are reunited towards the end, the opposing shots of them are not at forty-five degree angles to the lens as convention would dictate. Instead they are virtually looking straight out at the audience.

And this is a cast worth focusing on. None of the four principle players – Cagney, de Havilland, Rita Hayworth and Jack Carson – are at their very best, but what’s important is that they all seem to be enjoying their roles. Despite being in his 40s at the time, Cagney gives an exuberant portrayal of the younger Biff Grimes, and there is something almost childish in the way he sneers and fidgets his way through his first meeting with de Havilland. De Havilland herself has great fun playing an assertive free-thinker, and while very much against her type she is brilliant at bringing out that saucy flirtatiousness in her character. It’s also nice to see Alan Hale playing a more sympathetic variation on his usual reprobate act, far more satisfying than the slightly villainous roles which for reasons I can’t fathom he often ended up in. There’s also a brief but memorable appearance by the great Una O’Connor.

The Strawberry Blonde is by its very nature a movie with a lot of poignancy in it, balanced nicely with its tone of gentle comedy. The only real trouble is that some of the more tender moments are blunted by the punchy pace typical of Warner Brothers pictures, with a few scenes and shots not played out quite as long as they could have been. Still, the picture recovers much of its impact because its emotions are grounded in its atmosphere and its music. While not really a Musical, it is certainly a musical picture with a small “m”. Diagetic music (real music in the film’s world, as opposed to a background score) plays a major part not just in the story but in the construction of a scene – the strains of a band seeming to regulate or underscore every moment. Even what little non-diagetic music there is seems to dovetail from one of the familiar songs. And in the end, it is that magnificent waltz from which the title is derived that has the final word.

Review By: Steffi_P

Other Information:

Original Title The Strawberry Blonde
Release Date 1941-02-21
Release Year 1941

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 39 min (99 min), 1 hr 40 min (100 min) (Argentina)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated Passed
Genre Comedy, Romance
Director Raoul Walsh
Writer Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, James Hagan
Actors James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 2,671 m (11 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Strawberry Blonde 1941 123movies
Original title The Strawberry Blonde
TMDb Rating 6.8 45 votes

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