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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)
Beatrice Blinn ...
Anna
William H. Strauss ...
Mr. Carp
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Borneo
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Newspaperman (scenes deleted)

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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

Columbia boss Harry Cohn wanted John Garfield for the role of Joe Bonaparte, but Warner Brothers refused to lend him out. Jack Warner was angry with Cohn for giving the first Irving Thalberg award to former WB producer Darryl Zanuck. Zanuck had left WB in 1933 over a salary dispute with studio head Jack Warner. 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

Mr. Carp: A man hits his wife, and it's the first step to fascism.
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Connections

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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