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Spirit of Youth (1938)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 1 April 1938 (USA)
The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas, which paralleled the life of Joe Louis.

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(as Harry Fraser)

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(original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Joe Thomas
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Frankie Walburn
Edna Mae Harris ...
Mary Bowdin
Mae Turner ...
Flora Bailey
Cleo Desmond ...
Nora Thomas
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Creighton 'Crickie' Fitzgibbons
Jewel Smith ...
Duke Emerald
Tom Southern ...
Dr. Bowdin
Jess Lee Brooks ...
Jeff Thomas (as Jesse Lee Brooks)
Marguerite Whitten ...
Eleanor Thomas (as Margaret Whitten)
Clarence Brooks ...
Speedy
The Plantation Chior ...
Church Choir
The Creole Chorus ...
The Creole Chorus
The Big Apple Dancers ...
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The story of the rise of boxer Joe Thomas, which paralleled the life of Joe Louis.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Approved
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1 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vida de Joe Louis  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Production Code Administration director, Joseph Breen, told the production company that the movie was "questionable" because it showed a black boxer beating white boxers, and that distribution in the South may be difficult. See more »

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Featured in Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

No More Sleepy Time
(uncredited)
Written by Clarence Muse and Elliot Carpenter
Sung during the opening credits by The Creole Chorus
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Make It a Double Bill With "The Joe Louis Story"
3 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie -- which is saying a lot, as i do not generally enjoy boxing or movies about boxing. I bought it because it starred Joe Louis, and i bought "The Joe Louis Story," about his life, at the same time because i wanted to learn who Louis really was. Of the two, "Spirit of Youth" was the one that captured my fancy -- and the one that revealed the most about Joe Louis, the human being. Louis is a very shy and unassuming man, hardly an actor at all, but his grace and charm shine through as he plays the role of a young boxer on the way up. Mantan Moreland, as his sidekick-trainer, is a true professional, carrying Louis the amateur actor over the rough spots in his performance and deftly giving way for Louis the boxer to do his stuff AS a boxer when the plot calls for action. Make it an evening and watch "Spirit of Youth" as a double bill with the much slicker but less charming "Joe Louis Story." Then come back here and tell us which one *you* liked best. I'm betting it will be "Spirit of Youth," by a knockout, in the fifth round.


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