An ex-con dentist at the turn of the century gets a chance for revenge in spirited romantic comedy The Strawberry Blonde. James Cagney and Jack Carson are streetwise pals with an eye on the local beauty queen, Rita Hayworth.
Cagney’s disappointed when he gets stuck with Hayworth’s mousy friend de Havilland, but when Hayworth runs off and marries Carson, Cagney marries de Havilland.
Years later, Hayworth insists that crooked contractor Carson hire Cagney and his father, and Cagney becomes the fall guy when one of Carson’s buildings collapses. After taking a correspondence course in dentistry, Cagney and de Havilland struggle along until the fateful call about Carson’s aching tooth. Revenge crosses Cagney’s mind, but he decides he’s been the luckier of the two.
Filmed as One Sunday Afternoon in 1933 with Gary Cooper, and again by Walsh in 1948, this time as a musical, with Dennis Morgan. Academy Award Nomination for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Rita Hayworth starred in The Strawberry Blonde while on loan to Warner Bros. from her regular studio, Columbia. Warners acquired Hayworth for the film when their star Ann Sheridan began battling with the studio for better parts.
Cast: James Cagney, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, Rita Hayworth, Una O’Connor, George Tobias, Olivia de Havilland
Director: Raoul Walsh
Producer: William Cagney
Original Story: James Hogan
Director of Photography: James Wong Howe
Editor: William Holmes
Composer: Heinz Roemheld
Screenwriters: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
Art Director: Robert M. Haas
USA / Warner Bros. / 100 minutes / 1941