Winner Take All (1932)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  16 July 1932 (USA)
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Young boxer Jim Kane, resting at a New Mexico "health ranch," meets and falls for Peggy Harmon, former nightclub table singer...who needs $600 more for her sickly son to stay in the place. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
Peggy Harmon
Dickie Harmon
Forbes - the Etiquette Teacher
Esther Howard ...
Ann - Joan's Friend
Rosebud -, the Trainer
Clarence Wilson ...
Ben Isaacs
Ralf Harolde ...
Legs Davis - Diamond Ring Seller
John Roche ...
Roger Elliott


Young boxer Jim Kane, resting at a New Mexico "health ranch," meets and falls for Peggy Harmon, former nightclub table singer...who needs $600 more for her sickly son to stay in the place. To help her, Jim endangers his health with a tough boxing match in Tijuana. Before long, he's back fighting while Peggy stays in the desert. But in the city, after new triumphs, Jim meets Joan, a teasing Society blonde. Will he see through her before it's too late? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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16 July 1932 (USA)  »

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Campeão do Amor  »

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Clips from this film were used in James Cagney's final film, the 1984 TV Movie "Terrible Joe Moran". See more »


Jimmy sends to his manager a photo of himself, Peggy and her son who is dressed as a small Indian. In the next scene, returning to the desert health farm, shows the Cagney, Nixon and Moore characters all wearing the same clothes of the previous photo. See more »


Pop Slavin: He can't leave 'em alone, he's just a Woman's Home Companion.
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Featured in James Cagney: Top of the World (1992) See more »


Was That the Human Thing to Do?
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Joe Young
Sung by Marian Nixon in the nightclub
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Winner tires in the late rounds.
13 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jimmy Cagney goes Gorgeous George in the ring for a two timing society dame in this mostly comic melodrama carried along by Cagney's buoyant energy. The film's improbable slapstick finale however awards Winner a draw at best.

Popular prizefighter Jimmy Kane endures the humiliation of having to climb in the ring and plead for cash to go out West to re-hab and avoid big city temptations that put him there. Out at the spa he meets Marian Nixon (Peggy Harmon) and her son whose also convalescing. When Marian is faced with eviction Kane gets a quick match in Tijuana to pay the rent. He returns to the ring back in New York as well as his vices. This time he falls for a society dame who plays him along. He quickly drops Marian for Joan (Virginia Bruce) and in an attempt to win her love has plastic surgery. In the ring he adopts a new defensive style much to the dismay of the bloodthirsty crowd.

The touch punchy Kane is excellently nuanced by Cagney who pauses to register and gets lost in translation with the swells but never loses his cocky confidence. Harmon has a sweet Glenda Farrell way about her while Virginia Bruce slinks around seductively in revealing costume and Guy Kibbee as his manager gives his usual solid turn of righteous bluster.

Director Del Ruth moves things along at a rapid an economical pace most of the time and you can go either way with the Marxist finale which I'm in disagreement with. Maybe I should lighten up.

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