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Golden Boy (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 5 September 1939 (USA)
Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer.

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Siggie
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Roxy Lewis (as Edward S. Brophy)
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Mr. Carp
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Borneo
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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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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

Frank Capra wanted to direct Golden Boy, with Jean Arthur as Lorna Moon. Rouben Mamoulian was originally to direct what later became Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. After Capra heard this, he changed his mind and decided he liked the script for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which at first he had rejected, and decided to make that movie with Jean Arthur as the female lead. See more »

Goofs

Joe's chest is completely smooth during the big fight. Immediately after the fight, when he is dressed, he has chest hair visible at the top of his shirt. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Carp: A man hits his wife, and it's the first step to fascism.
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Referenced in Cheers: Golden Boyd (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculi, Funicula
Traditional Italian song
Music by Luigi Denza
Lyrics by Peppino Turco
Played on piano by Beatrice Blinn
Sung by Lee J. Cobb, William H. Strauss, William Holden and others
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Involving Story With Good Characters
31 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this to be a pretty solid movie with some interesting characters. It was a shock at first to see William Holden this young. I had known him at that time as an older guy. In this film, he looked about 19 and didn't even have the deep voice I was accustomed to hearing. I didn't Lee J. Cobb, either, who played Holden's father, a Jewish man with a beard. Barbara Stanwyck, meanwhile, played her typical role: tough gal with a soft heart underneath.

Story-wise, there were a couple of holes in it near the end which lowered my rating a tiny bit. No stranger, in a big fight, would be allowed to walk into a fighter's dressing room right before the bout. In fairness, I've seen that in other classic films, too, even to the point of the boxer being in his room totally alone and anyone walking in. I don't think so!!!!

Anyway, outside of those little things, it was a well-done and involving story that got me hooked in from the start. I've watched this twice and enjoyed it both times. Now I am just waiting for a DVD of this.


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