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The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1941 Limited

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In this lyrical and picaresque evocation of turn-of-the-century New York, a dentist faces memories of his infatuation with a "strawberry blonde" gold-digger.

Aug 4, 2009

MGM Home Entertainment

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Appealing comedy with a historical background.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Rita Hayworth is the eye candy who sweetens the plot as the alluring strawberry blonde.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Grand, old fashioned romantic comedy a la Warners and Cagney.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Raucous comedy-drama with more hits than misses.

June 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Strawberry Blonde

Winning comedy drama that started Rita Hayworth's ascent to stardom. Olivia and Jimmy are well matched and Jack Carson is at his slick oily best. Good direction and fine supporting cast.
April 17, 2010
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jay nixon

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James Cagney? Olivia de Havilland? Rita Hayworth? What more do you want, spontaneous barbershop quartets? Yes. How about the dad of "the Skipper" from Gilligan's Island engaging in olde timey fisticuffs with guys wearing handlebar mustaches? Okay, you'll find that here too. Cagney plays a hot-headed dentist named Biff (who his foreign friend calls "Beef") who's married to the knockout Olivia de Havilland, but all he can think about is the one that got away (Hayworth). It's not just that she got away, but that she ran off with a booming-voiced showoff and all around jerk (played by the well-enunciated Jack Carson). When the creep unknowingly makes an appointment with his old pal dentist for some emergency tooth ache pulling, Biff plots a revenge that may include murder, and sets up the flashbacks which will tell his life story and the wrongs done to him over the years by this man. Set in the early 1900s, the film makes comical use of all the customs and beliefs that were popular at the time: from women's suffrage to the aforementioned barbershop quartets and handlebar mustaches (even George Reeves, the man who would become Superman, gets in on the handlebar mustache thing). Let's face it, you just can't make a period piece without using certain signature elements. You wouldn't make a movie set in the 1960s without including hippies, you wouldn't make a 50s film without beatniks, and you certainly couldn't make a film set in the 90s without referencing grunge (well, obviously you could do all these things, but for some reason most mainstream filmmakers choose not to). Things from the past often times just look silly to people in the present. Cagney does a good job being "Cagney" in this role, but overall the film is a little shallow. It is none the less an easily enjoyable, if overall lightweight film.
December 4, 2009
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Devon Bott

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