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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.


(as Harold Schuster)


(original screenplay), (additional dialogue) (as Richard Conway)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Rober ...
Father Callahan
Mr. Hellman
Emily Brooks
Budd Jaxon ...
Archer MacDonald ...
Maria Baroni
Joseph Mell ...
Gino Baroni
Paul Maxey ...
Al Petry
Mr. Moore
Wayne Mallory ...
Tony (as Chad Mallory)
Ted Avery ...
Maurice Cass ...


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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Release Date:

1 May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Young Paul Baroni  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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


Father Callahan: Sometimes in anger one forgets the Lord but never the knack of throwing a left jab.
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15 February 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In wintry New York City, crooked-nosed Italian teenager Leonard Nimoy (as Paul "Monk" Baroni) and "The Billy Goat Gang" decide to saw off the banister of a tenement staircase, for firewood. Coincidently, neighborhood priest Richard Rober (as Father Callahan) walks in the building; he reminds Mr. Nimoy and the gang that, although the place is condemned, stealing its stairway is illegal. The kindly priest advises the five attractive young men there's a better way to blow off steam…

"Listen boys, I've got a better way for you to keep warm. In the basement of the church, there's some gym equipment; boxing gloves, wrestling mats, punching bags - even shower baths…"

Wait - this is not a dirty movie. There is no showering or wrestling as "Father" Rober wants to teach Nimoy how to be a boxer. Good thing too, as the other dudes call Nimoy a "sissy" for getting connected with the church. Boy pal Jack Larson (as Angelo) remains Nimoy's close companion, though Nimoy tells him, "Someday, we get twin beds." Soon, Nimoy dates pretty Allene Roberts (as Emily Brooks). When Nimoy becomes a successful boxer, he gets his bent nose fixed…

As a handsome boxing star, Nimoy's personality changes; he makes time with well-shaped Mona Knox (as June Travers), and forgets his old friends. Of course, you could see this one coming…

Released just prior to Rober's death in a car accident, "Kid Monk Baroni" may be a silly low-budget update of "Winner Take All" (1932), but it's sure amusing. Most invaluable is the cast. Anyone familiar with Nimoy's later "Star Trek" will revel in seeing the young man in this early starring role; here, he gets to wear a fake nose instead of fake ears. Not only that, you get to see "Adventures of Superman" pal Jack Larson before making a name for himself in syndication heaven.

****** Kid Monk Baroni (5/1/52) Harold Schuster ~ Leonard Nimoy, Allene Roberts, Jack Larson, Richard Rober

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