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Unknown to his clients, publicity man Al Bolger handles the accounts for both Madame Gloria and J. Hamilton Gibbs, who run rival body building institutes. When Gibbs sets out to select the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Hughes ...
Pat Hilton
Vickie Lester ...
Helen Gibbs (as Vicki Lester)
Madame Gloria
Ben Taggart ...
J. Hamilton Gibbs
Alex Callam ...
Al Bolger
Thornton Edwards ...
Kayo Kane (as Joe Grey)
Paul Bryar ...
Pat Gleason ...
Billy McGowan ...
Trigger O'Brien
John Ince ...
Gene O'Donnell ...
Warren Jackson ...
Larry McGrath ...


Unknown to his clients, publicity man Al Bolger handles the accounts for both Madame Gloria and J. Hamilton Gibbs, who run rival body building institutes. When Gibbs sets out to select the annual Gibbs Physical Culture Girl, his physical training director and none-too-good professional boxer, Jimmy Conley, tips off his fiancée, Pat Hilton. Gibbs learns that she is the secretary of Madame Gloria, and awards her first prize as an example of the benefits of his club. Jimmy has promised Pat to give up the ring after his next fight, which unknown to him is fixed in his favor, and when his opponent claims he was hexed, sports writers dub him Kid Hex. Madame Gloria, to demonstrate her 'mind over matter' theory of body building by breaking up the romance of Jimmy and Pat is aided by Gibbs' niece Helen Gibbs who decides to move in on Jimmy for herself, and Bolger arranges to have Pat walk in on an innocent meeting of Jimmy and Helen. Jimmy then signs to continue to fight as Kid Hex, not ... Written by Les Adams <>

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14 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Quarta ripresa  »

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1.37 : 1
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Adequate and nothing more...
22 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Miracle Kid" stars Tom Neal as Jimmy, a prize fighter who is planning on giving up the business, as his fiancée hates boxing and doesn't want to see him get his brain beaten to mush in the ring. However, after he beats one opponent and the loser blames Jimmy for 'hexing him', Jimmy's promoter decides to play up this angle by arranging a series of rigged fights. Jimmy is termed 'the Miracle Kid' and goes on to win fight after fight--but in the process he ends up losing his girl. Worst of all, Jimmy actually thinks he's really good and has no idea that his opponents are taking dives. Can all this be sorted out by the end of the film? What do you think?

The film has decent acting--a bit better than you'd expect from a B. However, the boxing scenes are a bit limp and Neal isn't able to pull of his being a fighter. This is actually surprising, as in real life, Neal was a real violent sort of guy and this led to his being blackballed by the studios--especially after he reportedly beat the tar out of Franchot Tone. Overall, the film has very few surprises (other than the psychic angle) and is mildly enjoyable but nothing more.

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