Kid Galahad (1962)

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When he completes his military service Walter Gulick returns to his birthplace, Cream Valley, New York. He was orphaned as an infant and grew up elsewhere but always wanted to return to ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Walter Gulick
Willy Grogan
Dolly Fletcher
Rose Grogan
Lew Nyack
Otto Danzig
Robert Emhardt ...
Liam Redmond ...
Father Higgins
Judson Pratt ...
Howie Zimmerman
Max Lieberman
George Mitchell ...
Harry Sperling
Jerry Bathgate
Joie Shakes
Richard Devon ...
Jeff Morris ...
Ralphie (as Jeffrey Morris)


When he completes his military service Walter Gulick returns to his birthplace, Cream Valley, New York. He was orphaned as an infant and grew up elsewhere but always wanted to return to where he was from. He hopes to be a mechanic but soon after his arrival finds himself working as a sparring partner at a boxing camp. Having lost all of his money in a crap game, Walter is happy to take any kind of work but a devastating right hook sends him down a different path. Willy Grogan thinks he has a winner in Walter who, after helping a lady out, is dubbed Kid Galahad. Willy is a likable man but gambles too much and may have been a witness to a mobster's conversation that would best be forgotten. As Walter gains more success, and falls in love with Willy's sister Rose, Willy Grogan finds himself coming under pressure from mobsters to make Walter takes a dive at his next big fight. Written by garykmcd

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Presley packs the the screen's biggest wallop...with the gals...with the gloves...with the guitar!


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Release Date:

29 August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Piso de lona  »

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$1,750,000 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.85 : 1
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When Max Lieberman (Ned Glass) is sitting with Father Higgins (Liam Redmond) watching a sparring session, Lieberman rattles off the names of nine old-time fighters. Each and every name mentioned was a real boxer from the professional prize ring: "KO" Phil Kaplan, Augie Ratner, Battling Levinsky, Jack Bernstein, Louis "Kid" Kaplan, Ruby Goldstein, "Corporal" Izzy Schwartz, Abe Atell, and Harlem Tommy Murphy. See more »


Kid Galahad trains for the climactic big fight during the middle of summer, Independence Day to Labor Day, yet when you see all the orange and yellow leaves on the trees and on the ground it is obvious that these scenes were filmed in autumn. See more »


Willy Grogan: [as he sees Galahad driving off with his sister Rose in the red Model T car] Hey! Why did she have to go off in that beet-juice jalopy with him?
Dolly Fletcher: You're asking me?
Willy Grogan: She could've gone with Maynard and Lew, couldn't she?
Dolly Fletcher: Oh, Willy, when you're 21 and you look like Rose, you don't have to ride with Lew and Maynard.
Willy Grogan: What's that supposed to mean?
Dolly Fletcher: You want diagrams?
Willy Grogan: Now, look, Dolly...
Dolly Fletcher: That's just what I'm going to do... look at Maynard's corned beef. I promised I'd put a low flame under it.
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All American boy becomes boxing champion.
21 October 1999 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Fresh from the military, Walter Gulick (Elvis) takes a job at a boxing training camp. Gig Young is the greedy gambler that owns the camp. The vivacious Joan Blackman plays his sister, Rose. Walter goes from being a punching bag to becoming the champ. Charles Bronson plays a stoic, but good hearted trainer. Ed Asner would make one of his first movie appearances. One of my all time favorite Elvis movie scenes is when Walter and Rose do a slow version of the twist as Walter sings "I Got Lucky". Elvis did his own boxing scenes. No way can this version of "Kid Galahad" be compared to Humphrey Bogart's classic.

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