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16 June 1939 (USA) See more »
A former prizefighter tries to help his son pay off his gambling debts. | Add synopsis »
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Likable B Drama See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)

Victor McLaglen ... Tom 'Gunner' Grey

Tom Brown ... Bob Hill

Nan Grey ... Joan Grey

William Frawley ... Mushy Harrington

Constance Moore ... Doris Courtney

Donald Briggs ... Jeffrey Grey

Samuel S. Hinds ... Boxing Commissioner Edward P. Nash

Thurston Hall ... Mr. Courtney

Marc Lawrence ... Bill Crosley, Olsen's Manager

Charles Halton ... Trilby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ernie Adams ... Street Cleaner (uncredited)
John Butler ... Announcer (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Olsen, the Welterweight Champ (uncredited)

Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Official (uncredited)
Clyde Dilson ... Official (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Lawton (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... Policeman (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Drunk In Barroom (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Clerk (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer ... Secretary (uncredited)

Frank Moran ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tom O'Grady ... Bartender (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Fighter (uncredited)
Charles Randolph ... Referee (uncredited)
Don Rowan ... Betting Official (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Referee (uncredited)
Pat West ... Locker Attendant (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Rosen  (as Philip Rosen)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Gottlieb  writer
Edmund L. Hartmann  writer
Gordon Kahn  story

Produced by
Burt Kelly .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Elwood Bredell 
Film Editing by
Bernard W. Burton 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Costume Design by
Vera West (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles H. Clarke .... associate art director
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
Charles Carroll .... sound technician
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director

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64 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


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Likable B Drama, 14 September 2012
Author: nova-63 from Canada

An entertaining little B' drama. Victor McLaglen stars as a retired boxer who now works as a doorman. He is a well liked mug who has a devoted daughter, Joan (Nan Grey) and a snobbish son, Jeff (Donald Briggs). Even though Jeff is soft and looking for the easy life, his father stays loyal. Jeff works as a broker for a big firm and is set to marry the boss' daughter. One problem. The family is high society and Jeff fears his dad's low social standing would nix the marriage. So he pretends he has no family. McLaglen is hurt but sees Jeff's point and lets Jeff have it his way.

Jeff is married but soon he makes a very serious mistake. He "borrows" money from a client and invests in a "sure thing" stock. The "sure thing" loses big and Jeff is short his client's cash and looking at a jail term. His father quickly steps in and decides the only way to make the money Jeff needs is to train a young boxer, Bob Hill (Tom Brown) for a bout against the local champ.

McLaglen's plan is have his boy lose by drugging his fighter's drinking water. He will before hand place a big bet on his opponent to win. It's the only crooked thing he's ever done in his boxing career but his son's needs come first.

McLaglen's pal, Mushy (William Frawley) places the bet, but mistakenly places the bet on Bob Hill to win. Of course, everything works out in the end. Mushy drinks the tainted water meant for Bob. Bob knocks out the champ. And the prize money and gambling money help Jeff from serving a jail term. Jeff, feeling guilty over his treatment of his father, confesses to his wife and her family about his humble upbringing and they prove they aren't so bad by gladly excepting the good hearted McLaglen into the clan.

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