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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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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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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 »

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Magic Lover
(uncredited)
Written by Clarence Muse and Elliot Carpenter
Sung by Mae Turner and The Creole Chorus at the Bluebird Cafe
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Mantan Moreland Adds Luster to This Movie!
5 May 2002 | by (Tujunga, California) – See all my reviews

Greetings & Salutations! While we see the story of the great African-American legend, we are provided really side splitting comedy relief by Mantan Moreland (1902-1973), also an African-American legend in himself. Who can forget Mantan in "Next Time I Marry" (1938), also known as "Trailer Romance," as well as in "Tell No Tales" (1939), or in "There's That Woman Again" (1939). Or in "Irish Luck", also known as "Amateur Detective" in 1939. This years marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mantan Moreland, in Monroe, Louisiana on September 3rd, 1902, perhaps a long awaited star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is due?


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