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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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Complete credited cast:
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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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BETRAYED...by misled ambition...reclaimed by a musician's heart! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

5 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'esclave aux mains d'or  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Clifford Odets wrote his play, he had John Garfield in mind for the Joe Bonaparte part, but the Group Theatre company chose Luther Adler instead. Shortly afterward, Garfield left the Group Theater and was Hollywood bound. 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

Lorna Moon: I'll make him fight.
Tom Moody: [with anger] How?
Lorna Moon: How? Oh, leave it to me Tom.
[pause]
Lorna Moon: I'm a dame from Newark, and I know a dozen ways.
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Soundtracks

We're in the Money Now
Sung a cappella by Adolphe Menjou to the tune of the traditional
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GOLDEN BOY (Rouben Mamoulian, 1939) ***
29 January 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Notable for being William Holden's debut (he was just 21 and looks almost like a schoolboy!), this dated melodrama was adapted from a popular play by Clifford Odets dealing with a young man conflicted about which path to take in his life: a respected artistic career playing the violin and the more alluring celebrity (which also reaps instant monetary rewards) as a prizefighter. His Italian immigrant father (Lee J. Cobb, whose mannered performance has been especially criticized) obviously wants the boy to follow his musical instincts, but the pull of the ring is too great – more so because through it he meets and falls for Barbara Stanwyck, actually his manager (Adolphe Menjou)'s fiancée. Though initially acting under the latter's instructions, she eventually tries to dissuade him from fighting, particularly when gangster Joseph Calleia (another fine showcase for the Maltese character actor) takes Holden under his wing. The climax sees the hero winning the championship bout but at the cost of his black opponent's life and his own left hand; with the help of Stanwyck (realizing she really loves the boxer, Menjou relinquishes her) the "Golden Boy" stands up to his new boss – interestingly, Calleia lets him off rather too easily here when compared to similar films of later vintage! The film is pretty good (with equally solid support from Sam Levene as Holden's struggling cab driver brother-in-law) though betraying its stage origins by relegating the boxing matches to only a brief montage until the not very imaginatively handled finale; in hindsight, it's curious to find this cinematically lacking given the involvement of Mamoulian and his reputation as one of the most creative directors of the early Talkie era!


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