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Director:
Writers:
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
5 September 1939 (USA) See more »
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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:
(24 articles)
User Reviews:
GOLDEN BOY (Rouben Mamoulian, 1939) *** See more (34 total) »

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)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
 
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:
The play originally opened in New York on 4 November 1937 and had 250 performances. Luther Adler played Joe Bonaparte, Frances Farmer played Lorna Moon and Roman Bohnen played Tom Moody. Lee J. Cobb was also in the play as Mr. Carp.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Joe Bonaparte:[Last Lines] Poppa, I've come home.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Movie Movie (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
Funiculi, FuniculaSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
GOLDEN BOY (Rouben Mamoulian, 1939) ***, 29 January 2009
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

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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