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Kid Galahad (1937)

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Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.



(screen play), (from the story by: Saturday Evening Post)
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When a bellhop knocks out fighter Chuck McGraw, promoter Nick Donati realizes he's a potential champ. "Kid Galahad" justifies Nick's confidence, but Nick's mistress Fluff falls for him; in turn, the Kid falls for Nick's young sister. Now overprotective brother Nick turns against his new fighter, leading to a near- disastrous title fight and a murderous confrontation. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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29 May 1937 (USA)  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 19, 1938 with Edward G. Robinson reprising his film role. See more »


When Turkey confronts Fluff, Ward and Silver in front of the New York hotel, he is seen in long shot leaning against the building, then begins to advance toward the trio. When we cut to the medium shot, he once again is leaning against the wall and then again starts to move toward the three of them. See more »


Nick 'Nicky' Donati: [to Fluff] Say, what did you worry about before you met me?
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Swing for Sale
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Music by Saul Chaplin
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Exciting Curtiz's film with a strong emotional charge, and superb interpretation.
13 October 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

This is First film of six collaborations with director Michael Curtiz Humprhey actor Bogart. The script, Seton I. Miller ("Robin Hood", Curtiz, 1938), is based on a short story by Francis Wallace, published in "The Saturday Evening Post" (2-V-1936 The dramatic action takes place in Miami (Florida), New London (Coneticut) and NYC (NY) in 1936-37. Nick "Nicky" Donati (Robinson), gangster and boxing manager, is unable to establish the progress of the business because the pupils do not attend your orders. On the advice of his mistress, Louise "Fluff" Phillips (Davis), takes charge of the promotion as a boxer, with aspirations to win the heavyweight championship of the handsome young waiter "Ward" (Morris), which makes called "Kid Galahad". "Nick" primary reaction is fast, easily angered and is carried away by his feelings. "Fluff" is young, passionate, intelligent, wise and sensible. Know how to control feelings and no immediate decision. "Ward" is peaceful, disciplined, strong and ambitious.

The film has drama, romance, crime and boxing. It is a memorable work on the boxing world and the dark and dirty environments that surround it. In this film inspired subsequent works, including "Body and Soul" (Rossen, 1947), " Champion" (Robson, 1949) and "The Harder They Fall" (Robson, 1956). It offers a vibrant clash of Bogart and Edward G. Robinson and one of the best character of the first stage of the actress Bette Davis, then (1937) 29.

Curtiz has special attention to the visual aspects of film, especially the fighting sequences, brilliantly resolved long shots, high shots, framing the audience screaming and fast games of planes. The film is a visual narrative dynamic, fast and exciting. It has a rhythm, vivid, and is also based on a dialogue concise, terse, almost telegraphic and rounded, built to the usual style of Warner in the 30's.

Curtiz portrays with singular force of jealousy, resentment, regret, the desire for revenge, fear and revenge. The film features a strong emotional (love, friendship, hatred, loyalty, affection ...). No lack of representation of exile, one of the constants of the author, that the concrete in this case the departure of Nick from his homeland (Coneticut) and his hasty departure from Miami. It has notable performances of Robinson, Davis and Bogart.

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