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Kid Monk Baroni (1952)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Sport | 1 May 1952 (USA)
Leonard Nimoy is "Kid" Monk Baroni, the leader of a street gang who becomes a professional boxer to escape his life in "Little Italy" New York.

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(as Harold Schuster)

Writers:

(original screenplay), (additional dialogue) (as Richard Conway)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Rober ...
Father Callahan
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Mr. Hellman
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Emily Brooks
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Angelo
Budd Jaxon ...
Knuckles
Archer MacDonald ...
Pete
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Maria Baroni
Joseph Mell ...
Gino Baroni
Paul Maxey ...
Al Petry
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Mr. Moore
Wayne Mallory ...
Tony (as Chad Mallory)
Ted Avery ...
Joey
Maurice Cass ...
Pawnbroker
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Paul Baroni, known as Monk because of his misshapen face, is part of a New York street gang. Under the influence of his parish priest, Father Callahan, Paul learns to box and becomes a success. But his insecurities over how he looks lead him to throw away both success and his relationships...until a sudden change shows him a new way of looking at himself. Written by <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A GANG OF ROUGH NECKS and a TWO FISTED PRIEST! (original poster) See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Passed | See all certifications »
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1 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Young Paul Baroni  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The film takes place from 1951 to 1952. See more »

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Father Callahan: Sometimes in anger one forgets the Lord but never the knack of throwing a left jab.
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Leonard Nimoy debuts in a boxing film as a man finding values
23 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For fans of boxing films and Leonard Nimoy, "Kid Monk Baroni" is a must. It's the third film he appeared in, but first in a major starring role. The movie rolls along nicely. In some ways, it's fairly predictable and derivative of other boxing films; but it has its own message.

This film is done for the most part as a family drama by toning down the crime elements which are there in the form of a rather lackadaisical syndicate that gambles behind the scenes and some juveniles into fighting and petty larceny. At one point, Nimoy goes for a fast woman (Mona Knox) who demands presents; but the story doesn't make a big deal of this either. There's more emphasis on the priest (Richard Rober), Nimoy's attachment to church music, the redeeming love of Allene Roberts, the support of mom (Kathleen Freeman), and the help of trainer Jack Larson. Bruce Cabot adds some vigor as a knowing and straightforward boxing manager who likes money and has no emotional attachments to his boxers. The boxing scenes look pretty good.

The movie is definitely not a noir. Neither does it go for heavy melodramatics. It hews more to a sincere approach, telling the story of a young man who finds values along a fairly rocky path.


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