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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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Der freche Kavalier  »

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Trivia

Soon after completing "Gentleman Jim," Flynn became embroiled in an infamous rape trial. During screenings of "Gentleman Jim," his closing line of "I'm no gentleman" was met with laughter and derision. The line was cut from the conclusion of the 1944 radio broadcast. 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 »

Quotes

James J. Corbett aka Gentleman Jim: Well, Miss Ware, if I get knocked out, I hope you'll throw a little water on me.
Victoria Ware: When you get knocked out, Mr. Corbett, I'll throw some champagne on you.
James J. Corbett aka Gentleman Jim: Yeah, uh, well, make sure it's good champagne.
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Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Raoul Walsh (1973) See more »

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Dear Old Donegal
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Sung and Danced by Alan Hale and others
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One of Errol's best
8 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Errol's best films and performances as Gentleman Jim Corbett. He's loose and lively with his movie star charm and charisma in full evidence. He's also well matched with Alexis Smith one of the most undervalued of golden era actresses. They made four films together with this being the best of the bunch. Well directed by Walsh with a quick pace and a great group of the Warners stock company assembled. Ward Bond in particular stands out in a nice scene as John L. Sullivan passing the torch of championship on to the next generation. An excellent example of the studio system working at peak efficiency where all the components fall into place and turn an average script into something more.


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