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Director:
Writers:
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) &
Daniel Taradash (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
5 September 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Famous Play.....Now A Great Picture! See more »
Plot:
Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(33 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lorna Moon

Adolphe Menjou ... Tom Moody

William Holden ... Joe Bonaparte

Lee J. Cobb ... Mr. Bonaparte

Joseph Calleia ... Eddie Fuseli
Sam Levene ... Siggie
Edward Brophy ... Roxy Lewis (as Edward S. Brophy)
Beatrice Blinn ... Anna
William H. Strauss ... Mr. Carp

Don Beddoe ... Borneo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Halton ... Newspaperman (scenes deleted)
Stanley Andrews ... Driscoll, Fight Official (uncredited)
Gordon Armitage ... Fighter (uncredited)
Earl Askam ... Policeman (uncredited)
Al Bayne ... Fighter (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Ill Ringsider Who Won't Leave (uncredited)
Irving Cohen ... Ex-Pug (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Photographer (uncredited)

Dorothy Comingore ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Onest Conley ... Jimmy, Chocolate Drop's Brother (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Reporter Wilson (uncredited)

Tommy Garland ... Fighter (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Fighter (uncredited)
Alfred Grant ... Daniel, Chocolate Drop's Older Brother (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Fighter (uncredited)
James 'Cannonball' Green ... Chocolate Drop (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Ringsider (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Broadcaster (uncredited)
Frank Jenks ... Pepper White (uncredited)
Anne Kay ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
John Kerns ... Fighter (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Reporter Drake (uncredited)
Al Lang ... Fight Second (uncredited)
Ian McEwing ... Referee (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Referee (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Stranger (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Fight Spectator Rapidly Chewing Gum (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Guard (uncredited)
Roy Moore ... Lucky Nelson (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Charles Randolph ... Referee (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Extra in Moody's New Office (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond ... Chocolate Drop's Father (uncredited)
Robert Ryan ... Referee (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Ringsider Next to Pa Bonaparte (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Fighter (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Reporter Saying 'That's Too Bad' (uncredited)

Robert Sterling ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Ringsider with Ill Woman (uncredited)
Jack Stewart ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Referee (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Mickey, Pepper White's Handler (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Grocery Customer (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Arena Call Boy (uncredited)

John Wray ... Chocolate Drop's Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
 
Writing credits
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) &
Daniel Taradash (screenplay) &
Sarah Y. Mason (screenplay) &
Victor Heerman (screenplay)

Clifford Odets (play)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund (director of photography)
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography) (as Nick Musuraca)
 
Film Editing by
Otto Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Makeup Department
Hollis Donahue .... hair stylist: Barbara Stanwyck (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Anderson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Donald W. Starling .... montage (as D.W. Starling)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Abe Roth .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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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:
Continuity: In the scene where Eddie Fuseli visits the new office, Lorna is seen sitting on the desk with a half-smoked cigarette although she had no cigarette earlier in the scene. At the beginning of the scene, she was holding a snifter and shot glass. Then Siggie gives her a roll of money. Eddie walks in, Lorna sits on the corner of the desk holding the cash with both hands. 48 seconds later Eddie looks at Lorna, who is holding the money in her left hand and cigarette in her right hand which looks like it must have been lit for at least a minute when compared to the length of Eddie's just lit cigarette. Lorna was not shown getting off the desk and nobody walked over to give her a cigarette or even to light it. A moment later, Eddie and Lorna are standing next to each other and Eddie's cigarette is shorter than Lorna's even though his was lit after or at the same time as Lorna's.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Carp:A man hits his wife, and it's the first step to fascism.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Cheers: Golden Boyd (#7.13)" (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
PassioneSee more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Heavy-handed but charismatic, 12 January 2006
Author: Michael Bo (michael.bo@pol.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark

"They are good for only one thing now - slugging!", Joe Bonaparte says with self-disgust, looking down at his broken hands after a middleweight prize fight at Madison Sqare Garden.

Joe had the option to be a great classical violinist, but the girl he was in love with wet his appetite for the quick buck and the American dream. "It's a big city, little people don't stand a chance", says Lorna, egging him up, playing up to his male ego. "Money's the answer". And the poor Italian immigrant kid grabs the bait, hangs up the violin and sells out.

'Golden Boy' is a piece of vintage Americana that is a bit hard to take today. Clifford Odets' controversial play was openly socialist and crammed with sudden, badly integrated political insights about "competetive civilization" and "a man hits his wife, and it's the first step towards fascism". It is all about the flip side of the American dream and gets a bit heavy-handed at times.

Lee J. Cobb is almost unbearably schmaltzy as the all-embracing, tearful Italian Papa, whereas Adolphe Menjou balances his performance carefully as the basically benign boxing promoter whose mistress is Lorna, Joe's chosen one, "just a dame from Newark" as she presents herself.

Barbara Stanwyck is more or less going through the motions as the hard-as-nails Lorna, and the real star of the picture is 21 year old newcomer William Holden, impossibly handsome and hunky, starting out with perfectly tousled curly hair. His performance is as yet immature and unfinished, but he has his moments and makes up for a shaky ride with loads of charisma, and he more than holds his own in the climactic title fight at the Garden, playing against the Chocolate Drop, "the pride of Harlem" in this race-segregated boxing haven.

'Golden Boy' is not, though, one of director Mamoulian's happier efforts. It is far too maudlin to look like anything Mamoulian ever did, it is not like him to lay it on this thick. It has none of the quirks or edge from 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' among others, but it is lushly, richly orchestrated in the vein of 19th century European music.

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