Likable B Drama
nova-63 from Canada
14 September 2012
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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