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Winner Take All (1932)

Unrated | | Drama | 16 July 1932 (USA)
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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Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
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Dickie Harmon
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Forbes - the Etiquette Teacher
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Ann - Joan's Friend
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Rosebud -, the Trainer
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Roger Elliott
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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. 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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He Knocks Cupid for a Row of Hearts!

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Campeão do Amor  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

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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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Cagney's Got Two Girls
17 July 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Winner Take All is a typical example of the roles James Cagney was so trying to get away from in those early years at Warner Brothers. In this programmer he's a lightweight prizefighter whose fans have to take up a collection in Madison Square Garden to send him away for a rest cure. Seems that Cagney liked the night life just a little too much and its put his health at risk.

While in New Mexico he meets and falls for good girl Marian Nixon and her son Dickie Moore. She's there with Moore for his health problems. An out of condition Cagney takes a local fight there to help pay for their expenses on a winner take all basis and barely survives the bout.

Then when he gets back to New York he starts hanging around with bad society girl Virginia Bruce and her crowd. She makes a chump out of street smart Jimmy.

I don't think I have to say too much more. Guy Kibbee as Cagney's manager and Clarence Muse as his corner man fill their roles very well.

The only two things that Winner Take All became noted for was that this was the first time Cagney did a boxing film. He got into the ring later on in The Irish in Us and City for Conquest. But also footage from this film was used in that last Cagney made for TV film Terrible Joe Moran.

That film was a mistake whereas this one is strictly routine.


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