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The Joe Louis Story (1953)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 18 September 1953 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Coley Wallace ...
Hilda Simms ...
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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rocky Marciano lost twice as an amateur - once to Coley Wallace and the other time was to a Sergeant De Angeles, when both were in the US army during WW2. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is sending a telegram to Marva in Chicago, the address he gives the Western Union is 5220 Congress Street, but when she receives the telegram, the address reads 60 East 47th Street. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Autopsie d'un film érotique (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Around
by Alec Wilder
Sung by Anita Ellis
accompanied by the Ellis Larkins Trio
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Great Movie!
12 September 2003 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. Coley Wallace does a real good job as Louis. I am glad to see it made it to DVD. Coley Wallace was a terrific boxer himself & the only person ever to beat Rocky Maricano. My only one complaint is the director Robert Gordon, who made some good westerns, rushed this movie a bit, especially the last half. Other than that it's a good movie for boxing history.


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