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Director:
Writers:
Bertram Millhauser (based on a play by) &
Beulah Marie Dix (based on a play by) ...
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Release Date:
3 June 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Prizefighter Jimmy Dolan accidentally kills a man at a party and escapes. He hides out at a health farm... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jimmy

Loretta Young ... Peggy
Aline MacMahon ... Auntie
Guy Kibbee ... Phlaxer

Lyle Talbot ... Doc
Fifi D'Orsay ... Budgie (as Fifi Dorsay)
Harold Huber ... Reggie Newman
Shirley Grey ... Goldie West
George Meeker ... Charles Magee

John Wayne ... Smith
Arthur Hohl ... Herman Malvin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edward Arnold ... Inspector Ennis (uncredited)
Joan Barclay ... Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Robert Barrat ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Joseph Belmont ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Man on Stairway Giving Directions (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Boxing Handler (uncredited)
Billy Coe ... Fight Timekeeper (uncredited)
Arthur Dekuh ... Louie Primaro (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Man Offering Jimmy a Drink (uncredited)
David Durand ... George Lewis (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Sam Godfrey ... Reporter (uncredited)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Sam (uncredited)
John Kerns ... Fight Opponent (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Reporter in Ring (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... First Referee (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Masseur (uncredited)
Bradley Page ... One of Dolan's Backers (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Last Fight Ring Announcer (uncredited)

Mickey Rooney ... Freckles (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Fight Manager (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Reporter in Ring (uncredited)

Anne Shirley ... Mary Lou (uncredited)
Sammy Stein ... King Cobra (uncredited)
Arthur Vinton ... Matt Lenihan (uncredited)
Huey White ... Handler (uncredited)

Directed by
Archie Mayo 
 
Writing credits
Bertram Millhauser (based on a play by) (as Bertram Milhauser) &
Beulah Marie Dix (based on a play by)

David Boehm (screen play) and
Erwin S. Gelsey (screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey)

Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Herbert I. Leeds (edited by) (as Bert Levy)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Cliff Hess .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: title music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hal B. Wallis .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1933) (USA) (theatrical) (present) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.)

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Runtime:
88 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Norway:16 (1933) | USA:Approved (PCA #2607-R, 3 September 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Edward Arnold (Inspector Ennis) and Mickey Rooney (Freckles) appear in this film uncredited, though essential characters to the story.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the train pulls in to the station near the end of the movie, there are no tracks.See more »
Quotes:
King Cobra:Then why'd ya come here and fight me for?
Jimmy Dolan:I saw yer picture in the papers, I thought I might like ta be alone with ya.
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Movie Connections:
Version of They Made Me a Criminal (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
How Deep Is the Ocean?See more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Better Than the Re-Make, 18 September 2007
Author: Maliejandra Kay (Maleejandra@yahoo.com) from United States

The Life of Jimmy Dolan is a film about a boxer who gets into some trouble. Jimmy (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) is a cocky, selfish, but famous boxer who has won himself a prestigious title in the sport. During a night of partying, he hauls off and punches a reporter, who falls and strikes his head on the fireplace, which kills him instantly. Dolan's friends are just as self-serving as he is, and they leave him passed out and penniless, set up as an intentional murderer. However, after a drunken high speed police chase, Dolan's manager and girlfriend are dead, causing police to believe that it was Dolan driving and that he was killed. This gives him a chance to run away, but an elderly cop (Guy Kibbee) is skeptical about Dolan's whereabouts.

Jimmy wanders to a farm away from the city, and telling the people there that his name is Jack, takes up residence. He soon has eyes for the beautiful Peggy (Loretta Young) who is under the watchful eye of her aunt (Aline MacMahon). The farm is a getaway for orphaned children (among them Mickey Rooney and Farina Hoskins), who quickly idolize Jack. They encourage him to participate in a local boxing match, which Jack greets skeptically.

Every actor is great in this film, especially character star Kibbee, whose character is appropriately sympathetic and menacing. Fairbanks is an excellent leading man; his good looks and charm make him lovable despite Dolan's selfish character.

This movie was remade with John Garfield and The Dead End Kids in 1939 as They Made Me a Criminal. This early version is better for many reasons, namely the cast, but this version is much more sentimental and less adult thanks to the choice in children. The Dead End Kids add a signature spin on the film, which enhances it greatly, but The Life of Jimmy Dolan is better overall.

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