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Director:
Writers:
Vincent Lawrence (screen play) and
Horace McCoy (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
14 November 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The grandest story of the Naughty "Nineties" becomes the gayest picture of the Fighting "Forties!"
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... James J. Corbett

Alexis Smith ... Victoria Ware

Jack Carson ... Walter Lowrie

Alan Hale ... Pat Corbett
John Loder ... Carlton De Witt

William Frawley ... Billy Delaney
Minor Watson ... Buck Ware

Ward Bond ... John L. Sullivan
Madeleine Lebeau ... Anna Held (as Madeleine LeBeau)

Rhys Williams ... Harry Watson
Arthur Shields ... Father Burke
Dorothy Vaughan ... Ma Corbett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... (uncredited)
Clara Blandick ... Woman on Train (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Gambler in "Lucky Guy" (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Policeman (uncredited)
Walter Byron ... Ringside Telegrapher (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Geary (uncredited)
Johnny Calkins ... Boy (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Judge Geary (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... Telegrapher (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Duffy - Referee (uncredited)
Harry Crocker ... Charles Crocker (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Manager (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Donovan (uncredited)
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Flannagan (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Renaud (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Hogan (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Peggy Diggins ... Beautiful Actress (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Fiske ... Telegrapher (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Harry Corbett (uncredited)
James Flavin ... George Corbett (uncredited)
Art Foster ... Jack Burke (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Usher (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Casey (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Mug (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ... Clerk (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Smith (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Woman at Opera (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Reporter (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Man on Telephone (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Old Man (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Sutro (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... (uncredited)
Joe King ... Col. McLane (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... (uncredited)
Charles Lang ... (uncredited)
Ed Lewis ... Hoghead (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Harrigan (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Station Master (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Stockbroker (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Olympic Club Member (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Gov. Stanford (uncredited)

Mike Mazurki ... Jake Kilrain (uncredited)
Lon McCallister ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Callahan - Ticket Taker (uncredited)
John Merkyl ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Spectator - Sullivan Fight (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Spectator - Sullivan Fight (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Broker (uncredited)
Henry O'Hara ... Colis Huntington (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Detective (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Dennis Simmons - Doorman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Detective (uncredited)
Marilyn Phillips ... Mary Corbett (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Donaldson (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Hansom Cab Driver (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Bank President McInnes (uncredited)
Freddie Steele ... Referee (uncredited)
Sammy Stein ... Joe Choynski (uncredited)
Dan Tobey ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Charlotte Treadway ... Matron (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Referee (uncredited)
Leo White ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Gurney (uncredited)
Joan Winfield ... Actress (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
 
Writing credits
Vincent Lawrence (screen play) and
Horace McCoy (screen play)

James J. Corbett (based upon the life of)

Produced by
Robert Buckner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (music) (as H. Roemheld)
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (director of photography) (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Clarence Steensen (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Frank Mattison .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
 
Stunts
Mushy Callahan .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Siegel .... montages
James Leicester .... montage (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ed Cochrane .... technical advisor
Hugh Cummings .... dialogue director
Mushy Callahan .... trainer: Errol Flynn (uncredited)
Henry Iblings .... double: Errol Flynn (uncredited)
Ed Lewis .... boxing double: Ward Bond (uncredited)
Freddie Steele .... double: Errol Flynn (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Norway:A (1950) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 8440) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to "Variety," the real Corbett was "self-effacing" and had a "quiet personality.," which is at odds with the brash extrovert that is pictured in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Victoria Ware:You're thinking about Sullivan?
James J. Corbett aka Gentleman Jim:Yeah. I can see him now walking back to his room, alone, lying there all night and thinking, 'What's the use of ever getting up again?' John L! He'll never thump another bar and shout, 'I can lick any man in the world.' He must be lost.
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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Flynn's Favorite Role, in Boxing Classic!, 3 October 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

GENTLEMAN JIM, Errol Flynn's last film of 1942, the year that saw his tempestuous personal life become public, was one of his greatest successes, and his personal favorite, as well. In the story of the 'father' of modern boxing, James J. Corbett, loosely based on the boxer's autobiography, the actor a had a chance to display a favorite hobby (Flynn was quite good, and had an off-screen habit of goading bar patrons into fights, just to 'show off' his skills), as well as play a character closer to his own flamboyant personality than the heroic cavaliers he had been 'typed' as, for nearly a decade.

The 'favorite son' in a brawling blue-collar family (Alan Hale, his friend and frequent co-star, portrays his father), Corbett has aspirations far beyond his job as a lowly bank clerk, and 'uses' socialite Victoria Ware (Alexis Smith) to get into the prestigious 'Olympic Club'. The snobbish members of the club, offended by his enormous ego, talk him into a 'little boxing exhibition' with a European champion. Expecting to see the young man flattened, Victoria and the millionaires are stunned when, displaying fancy footwork and natural skills, Corbett knocks out the professional. A drunken brawl at a post-fight social event lands Corbett and friend Walter Lowrie (Jack Carson) in Salt Lake City, penniless. Boxing provides a means to buy train tickets home, and the realization that, through pugilism, he can 'break into' society. A legendary career is thus begun...

Boxing, at the turn of the century, was a far more brutal sport than today, with the fighters seldom wearing gloves, and the fights running 30 rounds, or more, yet Corbett scores victory after victory, without a scar on his handsome face. Becoming a celebrity, he even stars in a popular stage show, dressed in a top hat and tails, and quoting Shakespeare, taking advantage of his nickname, 'Gentleman Jim'. While Victoria professes hating his cockiness, she feels drawn to him, although he has a way of always saying the wrong thing!

Meanwhile, in another stage show, the World Boxing Champion, legendary John L. Sullivan (Ward Bond, in one of his greatest screen roles), jumps rope and displays his prodigious strength to his adoring fans. Corbett goads the older man, constantly, finally forcing the champ to meet him in the ring. In an epic bout that would test both men's endurance, Sullivan 'meets his match', and Corbett learns humility...

Director Raoul Walsh obviously enjoyed working with Flynn (this was their third of eight teamings), and the actor felt far more comfortable with him than Michael Curtiz, whom he despised, despite their star-making work together. GENTLEMAN JIM was the best collaboration between Walsh and Flynn, and the film accurately captures the 'feel' of the era, striking a perfect balance of humor and drama. It, unfortunately, also marked the last major 'peak' in Flynn's Warner Brothers career; despite good reviews and box office, the WB, anticipating a public backlash over Flynn's highly-publicized rape trial, would move him into a series of war films, gradually lowering the quality of his productions.

The halcyon years for Errol Flynn were, sadly, coming to an end, even as he savored his greatest personal triumph...











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