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Golden Boy (1939)

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Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer.

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Tom Moody
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Joe Bonaparte
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Mr. Bonaparte
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Eddie Fuseli
Sam Levene ...
Siggie
Edward Brophy ...
Roxy Lewis (as Edward S. Brophy)
Beatrice Blinn ...
Anna
William H. Strauss ...
Mr. Carp
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Borneo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Halton ...
Newspaperman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Joe Bonaparte's father wants him to pursue his musical talent; but Joe wants to be a boxer. Persuading near-bankrupt manager Tom Moody to give him a chance, Joe quickly rises in his new profession. When he has second thoughts Moody's girl Lorna uses feminine wiles to keep him boxing. But when tough gangster Eddie Fuseli wants to "buy a piece" of Joe, Lorna herself begins to have second thoughts...for that and other reasons. Is it too late? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The romantic stage success that captured a nation... is now a great motion picture See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

5 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Golden Boy  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Holden was knocked unconscious one day while boxing on the set with James 'Cannonball' Green. He thought the footage of the knockout would be spectacular but director Rouben Mamoulian said it couldn't be used because it didn't look real. Holden recalled that, real or not, his head ached for a week. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Lorna are at the park listening to a concert, her hat is near the blanket on the ground, but when they get up to leave it is a couple of feet away up against a bush. The trailer shows a scene with Lorna lying on the ground which does not appear in the movie, but which indicates some action that might have explained the movement of the hat if it hadn't been edited out. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Fuseli: This your girl?
Lorna Moon: I'm my mother's girl.
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Connections

Spoofed in Movie Movie (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby (Cradle Song)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played on violin by William Holden and on piano by Beatrice Blinn
Played as background music at the end
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Wonderful Movie
26 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful, compelling, emotionally charged movie, with characters that are both interesting and likable. Of course, the central character of the movie is Joe Bonaparte, played by a young, gifted actor named William Holden. Joe's conflict, between his quest for fame as a prize fighter and his father's wish to become a concert violinist, although seemingly corny and contrived, actually works in this movie. And this can be attributed to the fine acting of all the players - Barbara Stanwyck, Lee J. Cobb, Adolph Menjou, and William Holden - who prove that high quality acting can transform a good script into a great script. One particularly intense scene is when Joe tries to play the violin - and he can't, leaving him devastated in the knowledge that he had squandered a gift and in the process had disappointed his father. This is a movie that is worth the time to watch and to enjoy.


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