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Gentleman Jim (1942)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 14 November 1942 (USA)
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As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

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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 protégé 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 duke1029

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The grandest story of the Naughty "Nineties" becomes the gayest picture of the Fighting "Forties!"


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Trivia

According to "Variety," the real Corbett was "self-effacing" and had a "quiet personality.," which is at odds with the brash extrovert that is pictured in the film. See more »

Goofs

As the referee counts one of Sullivan's knockdowns, the soundtracks says, "One, two, three, four..." while his lips obviously count, "...four, five, six, seven." See more »

Quotes

Pat Corbett: Do you see that hand?
Harry Corbett: [In unison] Yes.
Mary Corbett: [In unison] Yes.
George Corbett: [In unison] Yes.
Pat Corbett: Well, you're gazin' on the hand that shook the hand of John L. Sullivan!
George Corbett: John L. Sullivan?
Harry Corbett: John L. Sullivan?
Mary Corbett: John Sullivan?
Ma Corbett: [Emphasizing the middle initial] John L. Sullivan!
James J. Corbett aka Gentleman Jim: Well, what are you planning to do with it?
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Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: Bupkis (1965) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
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Thoroughly enjoyable
19 April 2005 | by (Cupertino) – See all my reviews

This film enhanced my opinion of Errol Flynn. While Flynn is of course best known for his savoir-faire and sprezzatura (to throw in a couple of high-falutin' European terms!), this film gives him an opportunity to stretch (albeit only slightly) as an actor, as he plays an unabashed social climber with a big ego and a sense of nerve to match. The supporting cast is excellent; everyone seems well-chosen for their roles.

The story moves briskly and, while not particularly profound (it misses, perhaps intentionally, the opportunity to render social commentary on the massively uneven distribution of income during that time), it certainly entertains and satisfies. From what I know of Jim Corbett, the story is also reasonably faithful to history. I also really liked the great depictions of 1880s San Francisco. All in all, there's little not to like about this film...very well worth the time to watch it.


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