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Born to Fight (1936)

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Cast overview:
Kane Richmond ...
Tom 'Bomber' Brown / Tom Hayes
Jack La Rue ...
Smoothy Morgan
Frances Grant ...
Nan Howard
Sheila Bromley ...
Ada (as Sheila Manors)
Monte Collins ...
Gloomy Gus (as Monty Collins)
Eddie Phillips ...
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ...
Snowflake (as Snowflake)


An honest boxer refuses to throw a fight for a gambler. They get into a fight and the boxer knocks the gambler out. Thinking he's killed him and believing that the police are after him, the horrified boxer runs off and takes to the road, promising never to box again. However, one day he comes upon a small but scrappy young kid who has the potential to be a champion. The former boxer takes the kid under his wing and trains him, but the kid's ensuing success starts to go to his head. Pretty soon he finds himself mixed up with gamblers, too. Written by

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3 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nasceu para Lutar  »

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What Comes Over Me?
Written by Didheart Conn
Sung by Fred 'Snowflake' Toones
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Featherweight Frankie Darro
4 April 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Light-heavyweight boxer Kane Richmond (as Tom "Bomber" Brown) is about to get a shot at the championship, but refuses to participate in fight fixing, then punches out gangster Jack LaRue (as "Smoothy" Morgan) in a restaurant brawl. Although he's an honest man, Mr. Richmond hits the road, forced underground and hunted by the police. Richmond (assuming the surname "Hayes") meets teenager Frankie Darro (as "Babyface" Madison) and is impressed by the young man's fighting skills. The two become companions, with Richmond turning Mr. Darro into a featherweight champ.

Eventually, Richmond's past catches up with him, and threatens Darro's future...

The film receives "comic relief" from rotund ring trainer Fred "Snowflake" Toones (as "Snowflake"). Mr. Toones sports a white T-shirt (which probably has little to do with his resembling a snowflake). In a scene more startling than any of the boxing matches, Toones sings the song "What Comes Over Me" (a catchy number). Darro isn't your traditional boxer, but he's fast on his feet. Richmond's love interest is attractive Francis Grant (as Nan Howard). Serial director Charles Hutchison and the crew make the most of the money available from producer Maurice Conn, who done well with Darro.

***** Born to Fight (8/13/36) Charles Hutchison ~ Frankie Darro, Kane Richmond, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones, Jack LaRue

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