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The Strawberry Blonde(1941)

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According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, Brian Donlevy was considered for a top role, and Ann Sheridan was to have played "Virginia Brush," the role played by Rita Hayworth, but was involved in a salary dispute with the studio when shooting began. "Virginia" was Hayworth's first leading role in a major production. On August 31, 1940, Los Angeles Times noted that Brenda Marshall was tested for the role of "Amy." In addition to the songs listed above, several old songs are included in the score. A January 4, 1940 Hollywood Reporter news item reports that Warner Bros. had purchased the screen rights to the play from Paramount, whose 1938 film One Sunday Afternoon starred Gary Cooper and Fay Wray and was directed by Stephen Roberts (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.3274). For this version, the studio changed the small town setting of the play and the 1933 Paramount film to New York City. Heinz Roemheld received an Academy Award nomination in the Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture) category.
       Other filmed adaptations of James Hagan's play include a musical version, also directed by Raoul Walsh, for Warner Bros. in 1948 entitled One Sunday Afternoon. Three television productions have been made: The 1949 Ford Television Theatre broadcast over CBS entitled One Sunday Afternoon, directed by Marc Daniels and starring Burgess Meredith, Francesca Bruning, Hume Cronyn and Augusta Roeland; the 1957 Lux Video Theatre production of the same title, directed by David McDearmon and starring Gordon McacRae, Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy and Sheila Stevens; and a 1959 David Susskind-Talent Associates production of the same name broadcast on NBC, directed by William Corrigan and starring David Wayne, Janet Blair, Eddie Bracken and Dolores Dorn-Heft.