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One Sunday Afternoon is a 1933 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Stephen Roberts and starring Gary Cooper and Fay Wray. Based on the 1933 Broadway play by James Hagan,[1][2] the film is about a middle-aged dentist who reminisces about his unrequited love for a beautiful woman and his former friend who betrayed him and married her. This pre-Code film was released by Paramount Pictures on September 1, 1933.

One Sunday Afternoon
One Sunday Afternoon 1933 Poster.jpg
Swedish theatrical release poster
Directed byStephen Roberts
Produced byLouis D. Lighton
Screenplay by
Based onOne Sunday Afternoon
1933 play
by James Hagan
Music byJohn Leipold
Edited byEllsworth Hoagland
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1933 (1933-09-01) (USA)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States



Dr. Lucius Griffith "Biff" Grimes (Gary Cooper) is a small town dentist dissatisfied with his lot. Though married to the lovely and affectionate Amy Lind Grimes (Frances Fuller), Grimes still carries a torch for his former sweetheart, Virginia "Virgie" Brush Barnstead (Fay Wray). Years earlier, Grimes had lost Virgie to his old friend Hugo Barnstead (Neil Hamilton), and is consumed with the desire to get even with his rival. The now-wealthy Hugo comes to visit Grimes, with Virgie in tow. Grimes then seeks to rekindle his old romance.



The film was a box office disappointment for Paramount.[3]


The picture was remade twice by director Raoul Walsh, as the smash hit Strawberry Blonde (1941) with James Cagney and again as One Sunday Afternoon (1948). The Gary Cooper version was a notorious flop, however, and the only Cooper picture of this period to lose money at the box office.[4] Before making the Cagney version, Jack L. Warner (co-founder of Warner Bros. who had bought the 1933 version) screened the 1933 film and wrote a memo to his production head Hal B. Wallis telling him to watch it also: "It will be hard to stay through the entire running of the picture, but do this so you will know what not to do."[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ One Sunday Afternoon at the Internet Broadway Database
  2. ^ Hagan, James (1933). One Sunday Afternoon. S. French. OCLC 2272619.
  3. ^ By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). TAKING A LOOK AT THE RECORD. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. ^ a b Moss, Marilyn Ann (2011). Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-3393-5. p. 199

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