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Onionhead (1958)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, War | 25 October 1958 (USA)
In 1941, an Oklahoma college graduate joins the US Coast Guard and serves as a cook on a ship based in Boston.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Nelson Gidding (screenplay), Weldon Hill (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead
Felicia Farr ... Stella Papparonis
Walter Matthau ... 'Red' Wildoe
Erin O'Brien ... Josephine 'Jo' Hill
Joe Mantell ... Harry 'Doc' O'Neal
Ray Danton ... Ensign Dennis Higgins
James Gregory ... Lt. Cmdr. Fox aka The Skipper
Joey Bishop ... Sidney Gutsell
Roscoe Karns ... 'Windy' Woods
Claude Akins ... Poznicki
Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor ... Chief Miller
Sean Garrison ... Yeoman Kaffhamp
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... Ens. Fineberg
Mark Roberts ... Lt. J.G. Bennett
Peter Brown ... Clark (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

After his girlfriend Jo refuses to make a commitment to their relationship, Al Woods decides to enlist and finds himself in the US Coast Guard. He makes it through basic training but a run-in with one of his instructor's lands him as a junior cook on a ship based in Boston. At a bar, he meets the pretty Stella Papparonis and while they see each other regularly, she refuses to stay with him when he rents a hotel room for the night. On board ship, he finds that his direct superior, 'Red' Wildoe, isn't very helpful as far as the galley goes but Al proves to be quite adept at cooking. Al learns a lot about doing the right thing, especially when Stella, now married to Red, starts throwing herself at every man in sight. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, life becomes far more serious as well. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Ship's Cook who has the Coast Guard in a Stew!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Zwiebelkopf See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$960,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

'Walter Matthau" had his hair dyed red for his role as Red Wildoe. See more »

Goofs

The twenty degree list of the USCGC Periwinkle was just done by tilting the camera - note the tilt of the horizon in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: Now get this straight - I brought you home as a favour to Red. And you might...
Stella Papparonis: Oh, I married the wrong guy. It should have been you. I don't care what you think, but love me, love me, love me.
Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: Get away from me! Other guys have had unfaithful wives but you're not even that. I pity Red.
Stella Papparonis: Al! Pity me!
Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: For what? For being a cheap, dirty, little tramp?
Stella Papparonis: You think I want to be like this? Don't you think I'd like to be happy and find love like other women? Don't you think I'd like to be satisfied with ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Blues in the Night
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played when Al and Stella argue in the tavern
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Loss of Hair and Laughs
26 May 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

It's springtime in 1941, at an Oklahoma college. Older-looking and ardently amorous student Andy Griffith (as Alvin "Al" Woods) fails to get his kissing partner past first base. Unable to score, he decides to drop out and join the US Coast Guard. After training, Mr. Griffith is stationed at a Boston, MA harbor. He is made assistant cook to gruff, light-haired Walter Matthau (as "Red" Wildoe). They have some very un-funny drunk scenes and both go for pretty Felicia Farr (as Stella). In real life, she will marry actor Jack Lemmon. After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Griffith's ship is called into service. "Onionhead" refers to a recurring subplot about Griffith going bald, although he has one of the best heads of hair in the cast. Considering the personnel involved in making this film, it's a disappointment and most interesting for that observation.

**** Onionhead (10/1/58) Norman Taurog ~ Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Felicia Farr, Ray Danton


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