Strawberry Blonde film posterTurner Classic Movies is featuring actress Rita Hayworth this month, and there’s a very good one coming up tomorrow.

At 11 a.m. EDT, Hayworth stars as the title character in Raoul Walsh’s delightful 1941 comedy The Strawberry Blonde. Set in Gay ’90s New York City, the film features excellent performances by Jimmy Cagney, Olivia DeHavilland, Hayworth, Alan Hale, Jack Carson, and George Tobias. Plus, if you look quickly, you’ll see future TV Superman George Reeves as a snippy college boy.

The Strawberry Blonde is a charming, heartfelt comedy that tells the story of a feisty New Yorker (Cagney) whose pursuit of lofty ambitions brings him very low, but who finds that the life he settled for, with a seemingly second-best girl (marrying spunky Amy, played by de Havilland, instead of the beautiful Virginia Brush, played by Hayworth) is far, far better than the one of which he had dreamed.

This is a classic film comedy, funny and meaningful.

Highly recommended.