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?
The sailing ship used during the dock-side fight was the same one used during filming of The Sea Hawk
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Joe Choynski is shown as a big brute. The real Choynski was a middleweight who never weighed over 155 lb., and was much smaller than Corbett. See more
[after being kissed by Corbett
Fine way for a gentleman to behave.
James J. Corbett aka Gentleman Jim
Oh, darling, that gentleman stuff never fooled you, did it? I'm no gentleman.
In that case, I'm no lady.
[they kiss again
to "Die schöne Galathée (The Beautiful Galatea)" (1865) (uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played by the theater orchestra See more