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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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'Chuck' And 'Smash' Stars Head To Broadway
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Two Movie Toms Up for Broadway Award
 (From Alt Film Guide. 30 April 2013, 5:41 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Stanwyck and Holden both shine in this 1939 classic. 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)
 
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:
Lee J. Cobb, playing 20-year-old William Holden's middle-aged father, was actually only 27.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:
Lorna Moon:I'll make him fight.
Tom Moody:[with anger] How?
Lorna Moon:How? Oh, leave it to me Tom.
[pause]
Lorna Moon:I'm a dame from Newark, and I know a dozen ways.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lullaby (Cradle Song)See more »

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Stanwyck and Holden both shine in this 1939 classic., 17 January 2002
Author: allidesire from Huntsville, Alabama

While 1939 has been properly established as a year of many exceptional films of the American cinema, my favorite actor, Miss Barbara Stanwyck, starred in two: The DeMille epic UNION PACIFIC, and this Clifford Odets' play-turned-movie, GOLDEN BOY. While this film is usually recognized as the one that made William Holden a star, equally famous is the story of how he would have been fired from the film during production had it not been for veteran Stanwyck sticking up for him, insisting that they give him a chance, and then helping him to be a success. There were no shortages of established leading men waiting in the wings for this coveted role, so Barbara's unselfish act forged a life-long relationship between them for which Holden thanked her with a gift of roses each year on the anniversary of the film's opening. In one review, Richard Corliss writes, "...Stanwyck godmothered the young William Holden to stardom and earned his lifelong devotion." I'm sure this real life teacher/student relationship is also mirrored in the actual drama that unfolds on the screen. In spite of their difference in age, however, it's not as vast as the Holden/Swanson relationship in SUNSET BOULEVARD, and the chemistry on Golden Boy is more evenly matched and more appealing. Furthermore, the supporting cast of Aldophe Menjou, as the boxing manager, Lee J. Cobb as Holden's dad, and Sam Levene as Holden's brother-in-law is so tightly woven that the movie has all the charm and intensity of the Broadway play on which it is based. A memorable line that Stanwyck delivers when she is luring the golden violin prodigy from practicing his scales to make some extra dough on the side as a prizefighter is, "...you take a chance the day you are born, so why stop now?" When he doesn't at first take the bait, watch out for the dated line, "I'll see you in 1966 when, by then, you may have become somebody..." Of course, thanks to Barbara, it happened in 1939. This is an extremely satisfying film suitable for the whole family.

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