Quentin Breese (aka "Baby"), the boxing double for the film, was a professional boxer and ranked as one of the first ten light weights in the world, losing only 15 of 100 fights in his career. See more »
Golden Gloves is a early example of the boxing noir that would become films such as CHAMPION, THE SET-UP and THE HARDER THEY FALL. Richard Denning is an up and coming amateur boxer who makes a couple of bucks on the side boxing for small time racketeer, J. Carrol Naish. Naish runs a string of boxing clubs that holds mis-matched fights to packed crowds. "The people want knock-outs and that's what i give them." Robert Paige is a newspaperman out to expose the racket which of course annoys Naish no end. Paige arranges a amateur boxing tournament with straight up matches and proper refs, doctors etc. When the kid brother of Denning's fiancée is killed in one of Naish's mis-matches, Denning decides to join Paige and clean up the sport. Naish decides to wreck the event by planting a ringer, Robert Ryan in his first credited role. Ryan's job is to win the amateur event and then tell the papers he is really a pro. This of course would destroy Paige's attempt at cleaning up the sport. Naish murders a boxer who threatens to spill the beans to the press. Lots of double dealing and knives to the back going on in this one. Edward Brophy, who plays a crooked manager, is a complete hoot to watch. Needless to say the last fight becomes a bout between Denning and the ringer Ryan. Denning manages to pull off a win to save the day while Naish and his gang are grabbed by John Law for the murder. While I'm not saying this is an actual noir there are flashes throughout the film. The cast includes the likes of Edward Brophy, Richard Denning, Robert Ryan and Jeanne Cagney. The film was directed by Edward Dmytryk with help from an unbilled Felix Feist. The D of P was Henry Sharp who lensed MINISTRY OF FEAR, THE GLASS ALIBI, HIGH TIDE and GUILTY. The film was written by noir regulars Maxwell Shane, FEAR IN THE NIGHT, THE NAKED STREET and THE GLASS WALL and Lewis R. Foster who did CRASHOUT and MANHANDLED. A very interesting little film.
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