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The Joe Louis Story (1953)

Unrated  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  18 September 1953 (USA)
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The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.

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Marva Trotter Louis
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Tad McGeehan
James Edwards ...
Jack 'Chappie' Blackburn
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Mannie Seamon
Dots Johnson ...
Julian Black (as Dotts Johnson)
Evelyn Ellis ...
Mrs. Barrows
Carl 'Rocky' Latimer ...
Arthur Pine
John Marriott ...
Sam Langford
Ike Jones ...
Johnny Kingston (as Isaac Jones)
P. Jay Sidney ...
John Roxborough, Handler
Royal Beal ...
Herbert Ratner ...
Newspaper man (as Herb Ratner)
Ruby Goldstein ...
Himself
Norman Rose ...
Lieutenant
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The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.

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POWERFUL... as his battering fists! THRILLING... as his fighting heart! GREAT... as his never-to-be-forgotten story!

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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18 September 1953 (USA)  »

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A História de Joe Louis  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Be Sure to watch "Spirit of Youth" With This One
3 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you want to see a movie about Joe Louis, at least up to the point where his career peaks, i recommend that you make a double bill of "The Joe Louis Story" and "Spirit of Youth," the latter STARRING Joe Louis as a young man from a poor family in Alabama who goes on to become the heavyweight champion. That's right -- Joe Louis (and, no actor he, but what does it matter -- it's JOE LOUIS!) made a better *fictional* film about his own life than his memorializers did in this ostensibly non-fiction film. All the insights into Louis' personal life that were missing in the bio-pic -- the Alabama beginnings, the smug over-confidence and breaking of training that led to the loss of the first Schmeling fight, the wife troubles, the emotional reliance on his mother and on his trainer -- all that and more is in "Spirit of Youth" -- PLUS the latter gives us a comic side-kick in the form of none other than the great comedian Mantan Moreland. Yes, "Spirit of Youth" is a fiction, and a light-hearted one for much of the way, and, yes, Joe Louis was not a professional actor in any way, shape, manner, or form, but the fiction in "Spirit of Youth" is in some ways based more closely on fact -- and certainly bears more emotional truth about Joe Louis -- than "The Joe Louis Story" does. Also, it features some great fight scenes with Louis playing the role of a fighter -- that is, staged fights that show him up close and personal the way the old newsreel footage in "The Joe Louis Story" cannot do. My advice is to rent or buy them both (they are both available for a low public-domain price) and watch them back-to-back, "Spiit of Youth" first, followed by "The Joe Louis Story." You'll be glad you did.


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