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
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
(1940). See more
The night the Corbetts are moving out of their old home to go to the one that Jim had bought for them, the shadow of the boom mic is clearly seen moving along the left wall as they come down the outside steps. 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