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Gentleman Jim (1942)

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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 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 (duke1029@aol.com)

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


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14 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Trivia

During the filming of Gentleman Jim (1942), Errol Flynn suffered a mild heart attack. His weak heart kept him from serving in the Armed Forces during World War II. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Victoria Ware: [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.
Victoria Ware: In that case, I'm no lady.
[they kiss again]
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Referenced in Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) See more »

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Overture
to "Die schöne Galathée (The Beautiful Galatea)" (1865) (uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played by the theater orchestra
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Knockout (...sorry)
5 March 2000 | by (lancaster, uk) – See all my reviews

Gentleman Jim not really a boxing film. It is a vehicle for Errol Flynn as Jim Corbett. But having said that, the boxing scenes are a real eye-opener to the modern viewer. There are no 12 round, points decisions here.

Errol Flynn plays the Irish bank clerk who gets a shot at the heavyweight world title. Flynn is well suited to the role of suave but unpredictable Corbett. His opponent John Sullivan is still better however, a bruiser of the old school played by Ward Bond.

The theme of the film is a man pushing for his big chance. Corbett leaves his mundane life behind and builds a new persona as Gentleman Jim. Jim is a chancer who can adapt to any social environment. He is a liar and an egotist. Sullivan the heavyweight boxing champion is portrayed as a simple brute but his honesty and sportsmanship gives a certain contrast to the main character.

There is action and excitement aplenty and a wonderful ending with the requisite redemption for all. And Errol Flynn gets the girl.


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