One Sunday afternoon in turn-of-the-century New York, Biff falls for a luscious strawberry blonde. When she picks a shallow glad hander over him, Biff marries her sensible friend but pines for the girl who got away. Years later, she returns to town.
One Sunday afternoon in turn-of-the-century New York, Biff Grimes (Dennis Morgan) falls for a luscious strawberry blonde (Janis Paige). When she throws him over for a shallow glad hander (Don DeFore), Biff marries her sensible friend (Dorothy Malone) and pines for the girl who got away. Then years later, she comes back to town.
Raoul Walsh first filmed this endearing comedy-drama in 1941 as The Strawberry Blonde with James Cagney as Biff, then stepped behind the camera again for a Technicolor musical remake. The period-perfect score is by Ralph Blane (Meet Me in St. Louis), who captures in song the timeless charm of romance and the irresistible nostalgia of barbershop quartets, straw boaters and bicycles built for two.
This third film version of James Hagan's stage play ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON was directed by Raoul Walsh, who helmed the second adaptation (1941's STRAWBERRY BLONDE). This time around, songs have been added to accommodate the talents of Dennis Morgan and Janis Paige. Morgan stars as turn-of-the-century dentist Biff Grimes, who has spent the last ten years regretting that he hadn't married Amy Lind (Dorothy Malone), the girl of his dreams. Biff also harbors a grudge against Amy's husband Hugo Barnstead (Don DeFore), who was instrumental in getting Biff sent to prison on a fraud charge. Unbeknownst to his ever-loving wife Virginia (Janis Paige), who has stood by him through thick and thin, Biff schemes to exact an awful revenge on the two-faced Barnstead-only to discover in the nick of time that he's been better off all along because he didn't wed the avaricious Amy. Though consistently pretty to look at, ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON pales in comparision to the earlier movie adaptations of the Hagan play, especially STRAWBERRY BLONDE, which had the added benefit of Jimmy Cagney in the lead.
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