Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant's defense of mobsters ... See full summary »
W.S. Van Dyke
London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at the hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of injured soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles ... See full summary »
Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the melodramatically callous Thompson. Soon, Patsy Gargan, a former ... See full summary »
Steve is just a heavy duty bartender when Edwin J. Bennett, known as the Professor, starts training him for the ring. While doing road work, he is almost killed by a speeding car which crashes into a ditch. In the car is Belle Mercer and her driver. Steve takes Belle to a farmhouse and is smitten by her, but she is Willie Ryan's Girl. The fight is a breeze and later, Steve again meets Belle with Willie. That night, Steve and Belle disappear and return married, much to the disappointment of Ryan. Then Steve starts training in ernest and is 19 for 19 in the ring. However, he has an eye for the women and an expanding ego to match. Written by
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Primo Carnera was the world's heavyweight boxing champion when this film was made and released. He refused to make the movie using the first script, which had him knocked out in the end, but agreed to a revised script with an additional $10,000 salary. See more »
Steve buttons up his sweater, straightens the bottom and puts his hands in his pockets in one shot with the Professor. In the next shot, when he's facing Belle, he buttons the bottom buttons again (before putting his hands in his pockets again). See more »
That's the first time I ever knew I was stronger than Strangler Lewis.
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. . . or is it life imitates art? For here we have real life boxing champs, stage-battling in the ring for a movie. Only to be pitted in real life the following year for a bona fide championship bout.
Van Dyke's direction and his crew's camera work and editing for the climactic screen fight are all excellent. As exciting and well staged as any modern film . . . and remember this was 1933! The cast is excellent, including Loy, Huston and Kruger.
The real surprise though is Baer himself, acting, boxing, singing, and dancing. Who ever had the idea of fashioning a script around this athlete got a brain storm. It was brilliant and it worked.
Overlook the title (and often middling script) and check this striking early talkie out.
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