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?
Former Junior Welterweight champion Mushy Callahan not only trained Flynn for the film's fight sequences, his feet doubled for the actor in the shots that showed off his famous footwork. See more
In the bank the day after the first fight (and their arrest with the bank director for attending it), Corbett (Flynn) and Lowrie (Carson) decide they should resign preemptively, rather than wait to be fired. However, Corbett gets a raise instead and returns from his boss's office to tell his pal Lowrie about it. As he talks, he's counting a stack of "money" of which only the top and bottom sheets appear genuine. The other "notes" are all blank sheets of paper. See more
James J. Corbett aka Gentleman Jim
[Looking at an enormously oversized derby he has been given by Victoria as a joke
Well, it wouldn't take many of these to make a dozen. How'd you guess my size?
The Wearing of the Green
(ca 1798) (uncredited)
Traditional Irish folk tune
In the score during the opening credits and occasionally in the score See more