Because boxing is a considered an illegal and disreputable enterprise in 1880's San Francisco, wealthy and influential members of the prestigious Olympic Club vow to make the sport a "gentlemanly" one. They sponsor a brash, extroverted young bank clerk named Jim Corbett, who quickly becomes an accomplished fighter under the new Marquis of Queensbury Rules. Despite his success, the young Irish-American's social pretensions and boastful manner soon estrange him from his benefactors, who plot to give their conceited former protege a well-deserved comeuppance. Despite this, his dazzlingly innovative footwork helps him to beat a succession of bigger and stronger men, and he finally finds himself fighting for the world's championship against his childhood idol, John L. Sullivan. Written by
Gabe Taverney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The grandest story of the Naughty "Nineties" becomes the gayest picture of the Fighting "Forties!"
Did You Know?
In reality, Sullivan had fought Corbett prior to their world championship bout at San Francisco's Olympic Club some years before. See more
In the fight scene at the beginning of the movie, when the police swarm in and begin beating the two fighters with their night sticks, you can clearly see several of them flexing as they are being swung. This is particularly evident with the officer on the left as he repeatedly hits "The Mauler". It's obvious they are made of rubber. See more
James J. Corbett aka Gentleman Jim
I've seen you around San Francisco a few times but from a long distance, of course.
John L. Sullivan
Well, seein' me from a long distance is a smart idea, young fella.
Dear Old Donegal
Traditional Irish folk song
Sung and Danced by Alan Hale
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