One Sunday Afternoon (1949)

90 mins | Musical | 1 January 1949

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Producer:

Jerry Wald

Cinematographers:

Wilfrid M. Cline, Sid Hickox

Editor:

Christian Nyby

Production Designer:

Anton Grot

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

A 21 Nov 1947 LAEx news item reported that Eleanor Parker was slated to star in the film. A radio version of the film, starring Dennis Morgan, Ruth Roman and Marie Windsor, was broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre on 4 Sep 1950. For information about other film versions of James Hagen's play, See Entry for The Strawberry Blonde ... More Less

A 21 Nov 1947 LAEx news item reported that Eleanor Parker was slated to star in the film. A radio version of the film, starring Dennis Morgan, Ruth Roman and Marie Windsor, was broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre on 4 Sep 1950. For information about other film versions of James Hagen's play, See Entry for The Strawberry Blonde . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Dec 1948.
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Daily Variety
3 Dec 48
p. 3, 8
Film Daily
14 Dec 48
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jan 48
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 1948.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Dec 48
p. 8.
Los Angeles Examiner
21 Nov 1947.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Nov 48
p. 4398.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Dec 48
pp. 4418-19.
New York Times
27 Dec 48
p. 16.
Variety
8 Dec 48
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Gaffer
Stills
Best boy
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Supv art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Asst props
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus adpt
Vocal arr
Mus dir
Orig mus and lyr
SOUND
DANCE
Mus numbers staged by
Asst dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play One Sunday Afternoon by James Hagan (New York, 15 Feb 1933).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"In My Merry Oldsmobile," music by Gus Edwards, lyrics by Vincent P. Bryan
"Daisy Bell," music and lyrics by Henry Dacre
"Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly," traditional
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SONGS
"In My Merry Oldsmobile," music by Gus Edwards, lyrics by Vincent P. Bryan
"Daisy Bell," music and lyrics by Henry Dacre
"Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly," traditional
"I'll Forget You," words by Annelu Burns, music by Ernest R. Ball
"Mary, [Amy] You're a Little Bit Old-Fashioned," words and music by Marion Sunshine and Henry I. Marshall
"One Sunday Afternoon," "Girls Were Made to Take Care of Boys" and "Sweet Corner Girl," music and lyrics by Ralph Blane.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1 January 1949
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 December 1948
Production Date:
late January--early April 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 January 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2041
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in feet):
8,152
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12934
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the turn of the century, New York dentist Biff Grimes tries to start a new practice after spending a year in prison. One Sunday afternoon, while reminiscing about his old neighborhood with his friend, Nick, the barber, Biff receives an emergency call to pull alderman Hugo Barnstead's aching tooth. Biff carries a grudge against Hugo, a man he has known since his youth, and while picturing his revenge, agrees to help him. Biff's rivalry with Hugo began years earlier when both men were in love with beautiful Virginia Brush: One day, Hugo drives up in a new car and invites Biff to go riding with him, Virginia and her friend, Amy Lind. Hugo lures Biff into accompanying him by promising him that he can be Virginia's date, but when they join the women in the park, Hugo pairs off with Virginia. After the car gets a flat tire, Hugo asks Biff to change it and goes off with Virginia. Amy, a nurse who is outspoken in favor of women's rights, shocks Biff when she announces that marriage is an "outmoded, silly convention." Later, on the drive home, the car startles some horses, and because Biff is at the wheel, Hugo allows him to take the blame. Later, Hugo and Biff take Amy and Virginia on a charity boat ride, but this time, Biff insists on dancing with Virginia, who gives him a flirtatious kiss. Believing that she is in love with him, Biff asks her for a date. Virginia sets a time far in the future and gives him another little kiss to seal the arrangement. On the day of ... +


At the turn of the century, New York dentist Biff Grimes tries to start a new practice after spending a year in prison. One Sunday afternoon, while reminiscing about his old neighborhood with his friend, Nick, the barber, Biff receives an emergency call to pull alderman Hugo Barnstead's aching tooth. Biff carries a grudge against Hugo, a man he has known since his youth, and while picturing his revenge, agrees to help him. Biff's rivalry with Hugo began years earlier when both men were in love with beautiful Virginia Brush: One day, Hugo drives up in a new car and invites Biff to go riding with him, Virginia and her friend, Amy Lind. Hugo lures Biff into accompanying him by promising him that he can be Virginia's date, but when they join the women in the park, Hugo pairs off with Virginia. After the car gets a flat tire, Hugo asks Biff to change it and goes off with Virginia. Amy, a nurse who is outspoken in favor of women's rights, shocks Biff when she announces that marriage is an "outmoded, silly convention." Later, on the drive home, the car startles some horses, and because Biff is at the wheel, Hugo allows him to take the blame. Later, Hugo and Biff take Amy and Virginia on a charity boat ride, but this time, Biff insists on dancing with Virginia, who gives him a flirtatious kiss. Believing that she is in love with him, Biff asks her for a date. Virginia sets a time far in the future and gives him another little kiss to seal the arrangement. On the day of their date, Biff waits in the park with a diamond ring, but instead of Virginia, a dressed-up Amy meets him. When Biff learns from a passing friend that Virginia and Hugo married earlier that day, Amy does her best to console him, revealing that she is not as much of a free-thinker as she pretended to be. Eventually, Biff asks Amy if he can see her again, and over time, they fall in love and marry. Several years later, Biff accidentally meets Virginia, who invites him and Amy to dinner. Hugo ostentatiously displays their wealth and then offers to bring Biff into his construction company. Biff accepts his offer, but is frustrated when he learns that he is not expected to do much except sign his name to various papers. The reason for this becomes clear when one of Hugo's buildings collapses. Because his is the only name on the papers, Biff is sent to jail, while Hugo goes free. When he is released on New Year's Eve, 1899, having completed his correspondence school lessons in dentistry, Amy is waiting, and a humbled Biff vows that from now on he will be plain Biff Grimes, dentist. Remembering these events, Biff plots his revenge. When Hugo and Virginia arrive, they are quarreling, and Biff sees that they have a miserable marriage. Biff pulls Hugo's tooth without an anesthetic and, greatly cheered, tells Amy how much he loves her. She then whispers to him that she is pregnant. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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