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The Champ (I) (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Family | Sport  -  21 November 1931 (USA)
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Dink Purcell loves his alcoholic father, ex-heavyweight champion Andy "Champ" Purcell, despite his frequent binges, his frequent gambling and their squalid living conditions. And there's ... See full summary »

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Irene Rich ...
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Roscoe Ates ...
Sponge (as Rosco Ates)
Edward Brophy ...
Tim
Hale Hamilton ...
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Jesse Scott ...
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Dink Purcell loves his alcoholic father, ex-heavyweight champion Andy "Champ" Purcell, despite his frequent binges, his frequent gambling and their squalid living conditions. And there's nothing Andy wouldn't do for Dink. When Andy wins a race horse gambling, he gives it to Dink and they race it at a Tijuana track. There, Dink meets Linda Carleton, a race horse owner herself, and they have an immediate rapport. But Linda's rich husband sees Andy and realizes Dink is Linda's son, who she gave up when she and Andy divorced. Andy is bribed $200 to allow Dink to visit with Linda, but refuses to allow Dink to spend six months with the Carletons. When Andy loses the horse gambling and winds up in jail after a drunken tirade, he realizes Dink's place is with his mother. Dink tearfully goes but sneaks out and returns at his first opportunity, filling a depressed Andy with a desire to make good. So Andy goes into training after his managers arrange a boxing match with the Mexican champion. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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horse | gambling | boxing | jail | alcoholic | See more »

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The knockout picture of the year! See more »

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Drama | Family | Sport

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21 November 1931 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Although the AFI Catalogue specifies the world premiere was in Hollywood (at Grauman's Chinese Theater) on 13 November 1931, the New York Times review of 10 November 1931 says "last night [it] succeeded in stirring the emotions of an audience in the Astor..." Since the review concludes that the film is AT THE ASTOR, it seems likely that it was ready for public viewing immediately. The AFI Catalogue world premiere statement is probably wrong, and that it was just a Hollywood premiere. See more »

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From 25:57 to 26:15, camera shadow in tracking shot. See more »

Quotes

[Dink compares the swanky home to his own]
Dink Purcell: The Champ and I ain't fixed up swell as this, but our joint's more lively.
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Referenced in Sanford and Son: Pops 'n' Pals (1973) See more »

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I Surrender Dear
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Barris
Played offscreen by piano in the bar
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One you just haveta watch, I guess
1 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What else can be said about this film? It's now getting close to 80 years old, and yet it's still watchable. That's something I guess. It is showing it age, though.

While the storyline is incredibly simple, and overall tone is way beyond corny, one thing does stand out, Jackie Cooper's performance. Such a lot of talent in such a little boy. He really did steal the entire show.

Beery (and the whole rest of the cast as well, really) pretty much just play hokey, one-dimensional, "cardboard cutout" characters with no real development or growth. They do the numbers, do what's required, and follow the token script as far as it'll go (which isn't very far at all). And then the credits roll up.

But, hey, as I mentioned, it IS getting close to 80! Anyway, worth watching if your expectations aren't too high...


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