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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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Joe Bonaparte
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Mr. Bonaparte
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Eddie Fuseli
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Siggie
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Roxy Lewis (as Edward S. Brophy)
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Anna
William H. Strauss ...
Mr. Carp
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Borneo
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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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A Famous Play.....Now A Great 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

William Holden was so grateful to Barbara Stanwyck for her insistence on casting him in Golden Boy (1939), his first big role, that he reportedly sent her flowers every year on the anniversary of the first day of the filming. 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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Soundtracks

We're in the Money Now
Sung a cappella by Adolphe Menjou to the tune of the traditional
nursery rhyme "The Farmer in the Dell"
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"I'm my mothers girl"
15 April 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Well-written and well-acted vehicle serves as William Holden's entree to stardom. He was just 21 and is easier to recognize in his opening scene by his voice rather than his boyish looks and longish hair. Regardless of what it took to get him to give this performance, it is one that will be long remembered. Barbara Stanwyck plays the tough cookie who discovers she has a heart of gold, reminiscent of her role later perfected in "Meet John Doe." When asked if she was Adolphe Menjou's girl, Barbara replies "I'm my mother's girl." Great cast of supporting character actors add to enjoyment of a solid production whose best scenes involve family and not the ring. Good camera work, especially of those fight scenes, excellent sets, and great direction make this a surprisingly good night's entertainment. I avoided it for years thinking this was just another fight movie -- it is not -- and am now sorry that I waited.


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