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Elvis In The Ring
bkoganbing30 November 2008
The old Warner Brothers classic boxing story Kid Galahad was dusted off and rewritten to suit the Sixties and the talents of Elvis Presley. The man that's named Kid Galahad for the ring not only throws a mean punch, but he sings pretty good too.

Elvis is a soldier fresh out of the army and broke and arrives at Gig Young's training camp looking for any kind of work. The only work that Young has available is for a sparring partner and Elvis does more than spar. He flattens a heavyweight contender and Young's found himself a new prospect.

He needs one because he's into the bookies big time. And a couple of syndicate torpedoes working for gangster David Lewis have taken up residence at the camp. All this is dismaying girlfriend Lola Albright and sister Joan Blackman who Elvis takes a fancy to.

As is usual with Elvis films, manager Colonel Tom Parker got the best talent he could to support the King. Besides those names Robert Emhardt plays the camp cook and up and coming movie legend Charles Bronson plays Elvis's trainer. And you'll see a lot of familiar Hollywood faces as you do in all his films.

Not only the cast, but director Phil Karlson one of the best directors of noir ever, took charge. The scenes with the gangsters show Karlson's steady hand.

Oddly enough Elvis had no real hit songs come out of Kid Galahad, but makes up for it with one of his best acting jobs on screen. For fans of the King.
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Kid Galahad Packs A Punch
angelsunchained9 April 2005
As a big fan of Elvis Presley, Gig Young, and Charles Bronson, as well as the sport of boxing, I enjoyed this movie for those reasons alone. Elvis gives a decent performance, but is stereotyped by the script as a goofy, goo-natured, lug-head, who has a natural gift of a cast-iron chin and one-punch knockout power. Half the movie Elvis looks in a daze with his mouth open catching flies!

Charles Bronson has a surprise role as a trainer. Not once does his show off his impressive muscular build and even gets both his hands broken by gangsters. A truly different role for him. He too is stereotyped as the ex-boxer walking on his heels.

Gig Young gives his usual out-standing performance, but there is nothing to like at all about his character; he's a liar, a user, aback-stabber, and an over-all jerk.

The fight scenes are poorly done and considering they were advised by former World Light-welterweight boxing great Mushy Callahan, a big disappointment.

However, if you like Elvis, this will be an enjoyable film.
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The battling grease monkey -- King Of The Whole Wide World...
Shane Paterson2 July 2002
I've never seen this movie until now. I've been an Elvis fan since I first found out about the dude a year before his 1977 death, I have hundreds of hours of concert and studio recordings and concert videos, I've even seen the robe that he wore in "Kid Galahad," and yet somehow I never managed to see this 1962 movie (shot in late '61). Was it worth the wait? Well, yes...of course. Is it a classic movie, apart from its inherent cult-classic value as an Elvis film? Well, no, but it's one of his better 1960s movie and I enjoyed it.

The movie came hard on the heels of another atypical film from Elvis, "Follow That Dream," that was in turn preceded by the 1961 box-office giant, "Blue Hawaii." "Blue Hawaii" continued the family-film travelogue kind of movie (set by 1960's "GI Blues") that would set the style for most of Elvis' '60s movie output and that would eventually lead to a downward spiral in Elvis' professional life and job fulfillment that lasted almost 'til decade's end. Elvis as race-car driver. Elvis as boat racer. Elvis as whatever. As Elvis said, after his 1969 return to the stage, it was like they made the same movie a bunch of times and just changed the backdrops. Between "GI Blues" and "Blue Hawaii" came two 'serious' films ("Wild In The Country" and "Flaming Star," both shot in 1960) that couldn't hope to match the commercial success of those glossy musicals but that showed Elvis' potential as a dramatic actor. Both "Kid Galahad" and "Follow That Dream" were also somewhat a departure from the "GI Blues"/"Blue Hawaii" formula, though less so than the two 1960 films that Elvis did for Fox, and each were pretty sparse on songs and much more generous on storyline and characterizations.

"Kid Galahad" was an interesting role for Elvis. The producers threw in a few interesting songs to cater to the fans who'd flock to the film and they're all pleasant and of a high standard -- my favorite's always been the song that opens the movie ("King Of The Whole Wide World") though the excessive overdubbing over the film version waters down much of its magnificence. As was true of Elvis' other better films, this one profits from having a very strong supporting cast, including the likes of Gig Young, Charles Bronson, Lola Albright, and many others. There's even Ed Asner, in his second film role -- Mr Asner played another law-enforcement representative, a policeman, in 1969's "Change Of Habit" (Elvis' last scripted movie). Joan Blackman, Elvis' co-star in "Blue Hawaii," has a less solid role than does Lola Albright but she does it just fine and is certainly a beautiful young woman. Lola Albright is great in her role and Gig Young is lazily perfect for his -- though he seems almost as if he's happily drunk throughout...which, apparently, he was. Chucky Bronson is good in this film even though he's supposedly embarrassed by it. You'd think that a man who inflicted all of those terrible '80s violence movies on the world would find it hard to be embarrassed by anything, but there apparently was friction on the set between him and the easy-going Elvis. Regardless, the on-screen interaction between them is fine. Elvis actually looks like he put on some weight about this time -- also evident in "Follow That Dream" -- but his shirtless scenes reveal that he's pretty solid and he'd lost whatever extra weight he was carrying by the time he started shooting his next film a few months later.

This film was shot on location in Idyllwild, California, which is kind of a kick for me because when I lived in Palm Springs I'd often ride my motorcycle up there and I've since been there with my wife and with my parents. It's a great little town, tucked away in the shadow of Mount San Jacinto, and -- even though I first visited it in 1987 -- I vaguely recognize some of the landmarks. San Jacinto itself certainly looks the same now as in 1961.

The boxing scenes looked pretty convincing to me and are actually quite riveting. People who are expecting to see "Rocky" might be disappointed but, like Mr Balboa, Elvis' Galahad shows convincingly that he can take a brutal series of blows and keep on keeping on. This film came about 18 months after Elvis earned his black belt (from a real hard-case...the grading lasted several hours and involved fighting up to five black-belt opponents) and Elvis had what it took to both take punishment and to learn the physical skills necessary for his role. His well-publicized scuffles back in 1956 showed that he had a lot of heart and an effective self-defense capability, and legendary boxer and coach Mushy Callahan (brought in to train Elvis) was filled with praise for his charge. Charles Bronson didn't agree, but I guess you can't please everybody.

As a whole, the movie's shot every nicely and it's well acted throughout, including by Elvis. I think that he was somewhat better in "Follow That Dream," but that's perhaps only because his character took full advantage of Elvis' considerable comic skills. In "Kid Galahad" another of Elvis' acting strengths -- anger, at which he's particularly convincing -- comes to the fore during a confrontation with Gig Young. For a moment there's a bit of a flashback -- was for me, anyway -- to the way in which he perfected that kind of scene in films like 1957's "Jailhouse Rock," 1958's "King Creole," and "Flaming Star." This a lighter movie than any of those but it has its moments.

I'm glad that I finally saw this film. It's less frenetic and more involved than Elvis' typical '60s movie fare and is worth a look. The "I'm a grease monkey that don't slide too easily" line is pretty classic, too.
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One of my favorites!
jonnyrancher19 November 2004
OK. So it's not "Gone with the Wind," but "Kid Galahad" is well written, fun, and lightly sprinkled with some very good songs (catch the twisting "I Got Lucky" and the front porch "This is Living" scenes.) "Kid Galahad" also boasts a strong supporting cast (look for a young Ed Asner in one his first screen roles;) Academy-Award winner Gig Young, Charles Bronson, and Lola Albright, in a surprisingly emotive role, add "punch" to what, on the surface, appears to be just another Presley vehicle. "Kid Galahad" also had the blessing of being completed before they counted the receipts of "Blue Hawaii." When the studio saw how much money they made off of "Blue Hawaii," the dye was cast; Elvis would be stuck doing "14 song travelogues" for another 7 years. "Kid Galahad" catches Elvis in good humor, shape, and voice; he was having fun...You will too.
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Good fight musical
nancyann5614 January 2006
This was an Elvis movie with some drama, some comedy, some music. It was a little more than the formula movies and had some good fights. Mushy Callahan a boxing coach who coached all the big stars into the 60s for fight movies said of all the actors he coached " Elvis was best, quick hands, knew karate and judo...."Great so-stars and scenery. If its not Rocky or even Rocky 5 its an enjoyable escape. The few songs are pleasant including "I Got Lucky" and "A Whistling Tune" Reportedly Charles Bronson was not very friendly to Elvis. Joan Blackman also made "Blue Hawaii" with Elvis. If you want a diversion on a rainy Sunday this is a possibility.
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"Don't push me Willy, I'm a grease monkey that won't slide so easily."
classicsoncall13 September 2006
Warning: Spoilers
Comparisons to the 1937 version of "Kid Galahad" are pointless, the only similarity between the two films is the nickname of the title character. It probably suits Elvis Presley a bit better than Wayne Morris, the knight in shining armor who at the film's opening touts his reputation in song as 'King of the Whole Wide World'. The movie's trailer calls it a 'honey of a picture', and for his fans back in the day, maybe so.

Events in the story conspire to turn Presley's character Walter Gulick from an ex-GI mechanic into a successful local boxer, thereby earning him a paycheck and the heart of Rose Grogan (Joan Blackman), kid sis of Willy (Gig Young). Together they own the Grogan Gaelic Gardens, an upstate New York resort that can't turn a profit because Willy Grogan is a gambling lush in hock to local hoods.

You'd be hard pressed to call this a boxing movie though, Elvis takes turns as a punching bag in virtually every ring scene until he finds the magnetic wonder punch to knock his opponent out. The dramatic set up for Cream Valley's Labor Day extravaganza includes Grogan's encounter with the bad boys who hope to make a killing with bets on the fight. Kid Galahad comes through, but you knew that, this is the King's movie.

There are some interesting casting surprises here, highlighted by Charles Bronson's turn as Galahad's trainer, and a very early film appearance by the uncredited Ed Asner. Gig Young is generally competent as Grogan, while female leads Lola Albright and Joan Blackman don't have a lot to do except play off their respective boyfriends. Albright's Dolly Fletcher gets to fire off an effective one liner defending Elvis' character when she starts to lose patience for Grogan's marriage delays.

Every now and then you'll catch an art deco tease with vivid reds, yellow and blues interspersed with Presley's songs. All are fairly mellow tunes; the "I Got Lucky" number brought a chuckle as I imagined it being performed in a corn field instead of by the side of a lake. You know, the slow twist accompaniment seemed a bit, well, corny.

Hey, it's not a bad little flick and a better way to remember Elvis by than the bloated self destructive image he came to bear in the years before his death. A bit of escapist entertainment that in it's way echoes Dolly Fletcher's sentiment early in the film - "Thanks Galahad".
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Enjoyable, and a little more than just fluff
vchimpanzee28 March 2006
At the start, Walter is fresh from the army and hitchhiking on the back of a moving van (not something anyone should attempt in real life, but it looks good here). And he's singing! Walter arrives in the small scenic New York community of Cream Valley, where he was born. After his parents died he was raised by an aunt in Kentucky (which explains the accent). In the army he worked in the motor pool, and he loves restoring cars, so he hopes to get a job as a mechanic.

Unfortunately, the only job available is sparring partner for one of several boxers training in the community. At least Walter boxed in the army. He isn't that good, until ...

Willy runs Grogan's Gaelic Gardens, which is trying to compete with Lieberman's Shangri-La as a tourist attraction. But Willy has a gambling problem, and Otto and his goons constantly remind him he needs to pay up. Dolly, who used to sing at Lieberman's, is Willy's impatient fiancée, and she helps take care of the place. And Rose is Willy's younger sister and business partner. The minute Walter sees Rose, we all know what's going to happen with them. Of course, Willy turns out to be quite overprotective.

Walter's boxing talent just may turn out to be the solution for Willy's problems. The usual formula for movies like this applies, though, and it won't be that easy.

I haven't seen but a few Elvis Presley movies. But I didn't know what I was missing. Even Elvis admitted (as portrayed on TV by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) that his movies were fluff, but this one was just a little more.

Elvis gives us his usual impeccably polite all-American boy, and shows his singing talent in a few scenes (though this is not what I would call a musical). He is also good at looking tough in the boxing ring, and he really seems to be able to take a punch or two or three. But in the scenes where he loses his temper (because women shouldn't be treated that way), it becomes clear Elvis was hired for his popularity, not his acting ability.

What makes this film more than ordinary is the talent surrounding the King. Lola Albright as Dolly, Robert Emhardt as Maynard, and David Lewis as Otto in particular. I wasn't that impressed with Gig Young as Willy, but he was easy to like.

And I have to single out Charles Bronson as boxing trainer Lew. When he was in pain in one scene, it was truly disturbing. And that's what put this movie over the top and made it more than just the usual.

Ed Asner (from the Manhattan district attorney's office) had a bald spot even way back then! I've liked him for years. I didn't see much from him here to be impressed with, though.

I did like the music, and the classic cars, which of course were brand new or only a few years old. Walter himself liked the vintage car he restored better than I did.

I would call this good, clean family fun, but of course Elvis does get beat up a lot and he does bleed. And there is some violence even outside the boxing ring. But in the early 60s, violence wasn't as big a concern as it is today.

If you like Elvis, this is certainly one to watch.
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All American boy becomes boxing champion.
Michael O'Keefe21 October 1999
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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One of Elvis' Best
rpm1950-117 September 2006
A very different Elvis movie. Only a very few, but quite good songs can be found in this one. Elvis as a recently discharged G.I. is looking for work, but ends up as a fighter after taking a job as a sparring partner for an up and coming fighter. This movie has a lot of heart and features a number of great actors including Charles Bronson and Oscar winner Gig Young. It also features Joan Blackman, Elvis' co-star in BLUE HAWAII. She is totally gorgeous and very sexy in this movie. A very earthy movie for its times, especially for Elvis. I have seen it plenty of times over the years but always remember sitting in my local theater in 1962 with some of my buddies watching it on a summer afternoon. At that time, it was only the second Elvis movie I had ever seen. A very good movie. Watch it whether you are an Elvis fan or not. Elvis shows some real acting chops in this one.
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One of Elvis' most mellower movies
John Macaluso8 January 2001
This is about one of the coolest and mellowest movies Elvis Presley ever made. The music that Elvis performs is as mellow as the background music in the movie. It's packed with love, romance, and action. 3 important elements that makes a real good Elvis movie. I'm watching it right now and I just saw the part where Elvis polishes of the two hooldlums that busted Charles Bronson's hands. Now Galahad (Elvis) is up for the big fight of the season against Sugar Boy Romero. Who do you think shall win? I can only hope Elvis Galahad does.
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The King in the ring
Poseidon-316 December 2005
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Made at a time before Presley's film budgets became smaller and the ideas ran dry, this reasonably pleasant movie makes for an hour and a half of light entertainment. He plays a penniless ex G.I. who returns to the place of his birth (a woodsy region called Cream Valley!) in search of a job. He approaches Young, who runs an inn with girlfriend Albright, and inadvertently becomes a stand-in boxer for a group of pugilists that trains on-site. Soon, it's discovered that Presley, while he can't defend himself very well, packs a nasty right hook that's an instant knockout for whoever is on the receiving end! Young uses Presley to help win back some much needed cash since he is under the thumb of gangster Lewis and a couple of his henchmen. When Young's kid sister Blackman arrives, Presley falls for her, further complicating things. Bronson (who is perhaps one of the last people one would expect to find in a Presley musical) plays a lame, weathered boxing trainer. The film is a remake of a rougher 1937 version and the insertion of several songs really do nothing to enhance the tale. If anything, they sap the dramatic tension out of the story and come off as mostly corny. Presley is a tad fleshy here and hadn't yet turned his hair jet black. He gives an okay performance with a few good scenes and sings pleasantly, if a bit ordinarily. One unlikely number has him joining ten other singing boxers on the porch who effortlessly fall into harmony and seem unnecessarily happy living in a place that has only one or two women around. Young gives an amiable performance, but was already showing touches of his alcohol abuse, both in his appearance and speech. Albright is solid as his ignored "fiancee", though she does occasionally take some rather odd pauses in her dialogue. Blackman (who, at 25 years younger than Young, was certainly his KID sister!) is attractive, but has little to do but admire Presley's face and voice. More interesting work is turned in by Bronson. It's interesting to see him interacting with Presley and demonstrating extreme loyalty to him. Fans of "General Hospital" will be happy to spot Lewis in a small role that preceded his lengthy run as Edward Quartermaine. Other familiar TV faces such as Remsen, Glass and Asner are sprinkled into the cast. Dante, as the resident boxing champ prior to Presley, gives an unusual spin on the type by constantly touching Presley and making goo-goo eyes at him at every opportunity. The film benefits the most from a large amount of location filming amidst autumnal wooded foliage and mountain scenery. Rear projection is kept to a minimum here, which would not be the case in Presley movies for long. The songs are inoffensive, but also unmemorable. The worst is probably the one designed with him singing along to an antique car radio while Young and Bronson sit in the back-seat looking either embarrassed or embarrassing. Those who are used to benign plots and vanilla story-telling in The King's films will be surprised at the amount of violence towards the end, though regular action fans will likely not find it to be tough enough. Unfortunately, this remake lacks the downbeat effect of the original and opts for a happy ending. Still, it's worth seeing for it's varied cast and the youthful magnetism of its star.
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1937 film remade for The King of Rock 'n' Roll
blanche-216 December 2008
Elvis Presley is a mechanic turned fighter in "Kid Galahad," a 1962 film with Presley playing the role originally essayed by Wayne Morris in the '30s. He has strong support from Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman and Charles Bronson.

Elvis plays an ex-GI named Walter Grogan, who is taken on as a fighter by a man (Gig Young) who runs a resort but owes money to mobsters due to gambling debts. What he doesn't count on is the Kid falling for his sister (Joan Blackman, Bette Davis in the original).

This is early Elvis, when the production values were high and the songs fresh. Later on, Colonel Parker would tighten up on the budgets, since the cheaper he could get the films made, the more money he made for himself and Elvis. And Elvis' parents had naively signed a contract giving Parker 50%. I think Elvis would have been happier with better movies, such as "King Creole," and less money.

"Kid Galahad" is quite good, though, with fine music and a relaxed performance by Elvis, who looks great. He doesn't have the jet black hair and while he's not as thin as he would eventually get from using amphetamines, he's still in great shape.

It became more and more difficult for Elvis to be Elvis, but here, he's a boyish, mellow guy who seemed to be enjoying what he was doing. Unfortunately, he didn't stay that way.
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Boxing, corruption, romance, of Presley's best films from this fertile period
moonspinner5516 December 2008
Remake of an old Wayne Morris/Edward G. Robinson melodrama restructured for singing star Elvis Presley. The early 1960s were very good for Presley in Hollywood, and his acting here as a garage mechanic turned lightweight boxer is far better than the performances he gave in his earliest films. Director Phil Karlson wisely keeps E.P. surrounded by terrific character actors, most of whom get just as much of a chance to shine on-screen as the star (this works to Presley's advantage, as too much of him isn't always a good thing). Gig Young plays the boxing manager who discovers Presley's right-hook talents, Charles Bronson (looking fit and handsome with gray streaks in his short hair) plays his trainer, Joan Blackman is the love-interest and Young's sister. Nice music numbers like "A Whistling Tune" are casually added to the mix (they don't overpower the narrative) and the boxing sequences are quite well done. **1/2 from ****
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Worth Watching...
Harry Lags4 November 2016
This is truly one of the best from Elvis! Not only is the story great, but the songs are all terrific. Elvis shines in his portrayal of Walter Gulick, a now former soldier who becomes a boxer.

In Kid Galahad, you will see the true actor in Elvis...from the very first time i saw this film, i've been convinced that Elvis can act as well as sing. Unfortunately, he was not given too many chances to do so. His performance is credible, noteworthy, and unforgettable. The scenery is beautiful, the veteran actors also in the movie- GIG YOUNG, CHARLES BRONSON, ED ASNER, all give outstanding performances.

This movie could have been a breakout role for Elvis, but he was not allowed to show his full dramatic range. His image as a happy-go- lucky, safe entertainer had to be maintained at the expense of a strong dramatic performance. In short, Elvis was not allowed to develop and explore the dramatic depths of his character. Compared to ROCKY, the movie falls way short. Nevertheless, Elvis gives a good, convincing performance as the rising boxing star.

The songs might only be a few, KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, I GOT LUCKY, etc, but still Elvis gives it his best. This movie is one of my personal favorites. Worth Watching...
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I Got Lucky.
Spikeopath1 June 2013
Kid Galahad is directed by Phil Karlson and written by Francis Wallace and William Fay. It stars Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman and Charles Bronson. Music is by Jeff Alexander and cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Out of the Amy, Walter Gulick (Presley) heads to his home town of Cream Valley looking for work as a mechanic. Unable to find employment in that field, Walter stumbles upon Willy Grogan's (Young) boxing operation and accepts an offer to spar with one of the fighters for five dollars. Though raw and taking far too many punches, Walter shows himself to have some skill and a knock out punch that flaws the local fighter. This catches the eye of Willy who spies a chance to get himself out of the debt he is in. With romance also in the air, in the form of Willy's sister Rose (Blackman), Cream Valley is about to become a hive of activity; both good and bad!

A musical remake of the 1937 film that starred Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, Karlson's Kid Galahad is what it is, a star vehicle for Presley to sing some tunes, fight some guys and win the heart of some dusky beauty. However, in the context of Presley's 60s movie output this is a good one. It has a strong support cast, a more than capable director and a superb cinematographer bringing out the beauty of Idyllwild, California. The King is not in the best of shape, the songs are disposable (with the exception of I Got Lucky) and the finale has a gigantic loose end that annoys greatly. But the songs don't dominate the story, Presley is playing a normal and decent guy and there's a genuine feeling of warmth about the whole thing (though Bronson and Presley didn't see eye to eye apparently).

Safe, enjoyable and looking terrific visually, Kid Galahad is a more than adequate time waster for Presley film seekers. 7/10
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OK remake but might've been better as a non-musical
gullwing59200313 December 2012
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Elvis Presley is an ex- GI penniless & broke looking for work as a mechanic but stumbles onto boxing instead as a way to earn some fast cash. Gig Young is a boxing manager up to his ears in debt with gangsters breathing down his neck & constantly putting the squeeze on him to pay up. Charles Bronson in a very different type of role is his trainer. There's some great dramatic acting from Elvis & Gig Young & Charles Bronson in pain with broken hands & some very realistic fight scenes in the ring.

There's only a few songs which are OK but distracts from the dramatic story which is quite serious. The songs are out of place & don't belong in a boxing tale. After all this is a remake of the 1937 classic Warner Bros. movie with Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart who was also in the 1941 remake retitled "The Wagons Roll At Night". Elvis steps into Wayne Morris's shoes in the title role. Elvis is believable & perfect for the role of the boxer but it might've been better if Elvis played it straight with no singing musical scenes like the original version.

Kid Galahad is a serious boxing drama not a musical. But it's still exceptional for an Elvis movie & it's one of his better 60's vehicles & not as formulated like most of the trashy & cheesy musicals he was pumping out like "GI Blues" & "Blue Hawaii" & others not worth mentioning. Another one of his better films is "Follow That Dream" from the same year. Kid Galahad has a storyline & some gritty realism & packs a to speak. There's some quality in this one & it's worth watching but the original 1937 version is better.
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Kid Galahad and kid sister.
dbdumonteil3 August 2005
Presley's first movies were arguably the best he made.Some of them were eminently watchable:"love me tender" "jailhouse rock" "king creole" "flaming star" -probably his very best- and at a pinch "Wild in the country".In almost all these movies ,there's a mother's loss (or absence).This permanent feature comes back in "Kid Galahad":the hero lost his parents when he was an infant.Besides ,as it is a remake ,we have at least a script ,which will cruelly lack in films to come.

"Kid Galahad" is never exciting though.The songs always come at the most awkward moment ,and as only Elvis sings -his female partners contenting themselves with looking languorously at the star-,one can hardly call that (and all Presley's subsequent flicks)musicals.And the songs are not particularly memorable;only the peppy "I got lucky" and the romantic " Home is where the heart is" stand out.Whereas songs make sense in "jailhouse rock" or " king creole" ,where Elvis portrays singers ,they do not fit in a boxer's tale .Watchable because of the lovely pictures and the good -but wasted-supporting cast including Gig Young,Charles Bronson,Lola Allbright.Love interest consists of an affair between Elvis and Young's kid sister .Willy (what a naughty boy!) does not want Rose to marry Walter!
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pietclausen17 October 2017
As a youth I never saw many Elvis movies though I loved his music and own quite a collection of his LP albums and CD's. I had never seen this movie and now that it is available on Blu-ray I went for it.

Only 31 reviews have been written so far, so enough space to add mine. To compare, I must also endeavor to rate Elvis' other movies in the coming months. This will be my first one.

In my memory any Elvis movie was always a watchable event, but never a fantastic-must-see-affair. (Many teens then would disagree with this view!) Compared to the type of movies made nowadays, this movie is a straight forward, very pleasant and romantic development in an underlying story, though the outcome of which is never in doubt. Perhaps better than most in this genre.

I found it sweet and enjoyed the music. I always try not to under- or overrate a film's value to my criteria, but this movie is worth a solid 6 in today's environment. Go Elvis, the King still lives!
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Elvis Enters the Ring
Mark Turner28 August 2017
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The early sixties offered a ton of musical films that offered teen idols in various roles. This was the time of Frankie and Annette at the beach, juvenile delinquents in hot rods and Elvis doing just about everything from working a carnival to being in the Army. All of them made tons of money and in the case of Elvis cemented him in mega league stardom.

This time around in KID GALAHAD Elvis is ex-G.I. Walter Gulik heading home who stops in the small town of Cream Valley, NY to visit. This was the town he was born in before he was raised by an aunt in KY after his parents passed away. Looking for work as a mechanic he's told he might want to check in at Gaelic Gardens, a boxing camp run by Willy Grogan (Gig Young).

When he arrives looking for work he meets Dolly (Lola Albright), Willy's long time love who helps him around the place hoping for the day they will marry. When Willy finally arrives he tells him he has nothing for him until he realizes he has no one to spar with a fighter on hand. Willy's main trainer Lew (Charles Bronson) tells him this is murder but Walter needs to money so agrees. The surprise of all times happens as Walter appears to be getting beaten badly only to knock out his competition.

With dollar signs in his eyes Willy sees this as an opportunity and offers to train Walter. In need of money Walter agrees. But there is more to meet the eye in Willy. A terrible gambler he is in deep debt and on the edge of losing everything. In addition to that a mobster involved in the fight racket thinks he overheard a conversation that could land him behind bars. To make sure this doesn't happen he sends two thugs to watch over Willy.

Helping to keep the camp afloat is Willy's sister Rose (Joan Blackman) who sends him money. With his latest request she shows up herself to make sure things are running smoothly. Along the way she catches the eye of Walter and the two fall in love.

Walter begins to fight and does well for himself but you know a conflict is coming up. As the town rallies behind the home town boy, the mob wants to make sure their guy wins. They step in to let Willy know and now he's faced with the options of disappointing everyone in his life or bowing before the mob.

The movie offers plenty of drama, a touch of romance for Elvis and plenty of songs for him to sing. That was the standard formula for most of the movies he made. A number of people would call his films, including this one, hokey but you know what? It works. It makes for an enjoyable film that doesn't have to be taken seriously and can be watched over and over again. This is not high drama or Oscar material. This is pure fun.

And interesting to watch in the film is Bronson in a side role. For most of us growing up in the late sixties and into the seventies he was a major star in Hollywood. He'd done solid work up to this point but he shows here that he could actually act and wasn't just a tough guy as he was later portrayed. Elvis too does a fine job here. The role doesn't call for subtle nuance but he brings out the innocence of the character while at the same time shows him as one not to take guff from anyone. All in all the movie is just a good time to enjoy.

Twilight Time has brought the film to us in their usual well done style with a great looking transfer. Extras include the original theatrical trailer and an isolated score and effects track. As with all their titles the movie is limited to just 3,000 copies so if you're an Elvis fan make sure to pick this one up before they're no longer in stock.
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One of The King of Rock and Roll's better 60s vehicles
TheLittleSongbird3 March 2017
Elvis Presley was a hugely influential performer with one of the most distinctive singing voices of anybody. He embarked on a film career consisting of 33 films from 1956 to 1969, films that did well at the box-office but mostly panned critically (especially his later films) and while he was a highly charismatic performer he was never considered a great actor.

While not one of the top three Elvis films, those being 'King Creole', 'Flaming Star' and 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Kid Galahad' is one of his better overall films, certainly one of the best of those he made in the 60s. It's proof that his early films were actually pretty good, but unfortunately it was one of his last good ones when the formula started here wore increasingly thin and further suffered from looking less appealing and even the quality of the soundtracks and Elvis' acting wavering significantly.

'Kid Galahad' doesn't completely work. Apart from two very good songs, "I Got Lucky" and "Home Is Where The Heart Is", the songs are not particularly memorable and don't fit particularly well, sometimes feeling awkwardly shoe-horned. The boxing sequences do lack excitement and come over as somewhat clumsy, and some of the dialogue (very rarely a strong suit in Elvis' films) is pure toe-curling corn.

The locations however are colourful, and 'Kid Galahad' has a suitably gritty but never cheap visual style. The story is far from fluffy and actually has a good deal of meat, while there are a few good lines, two great songs and an energetic music score.

Phil Karlson's direction is solid, but it's the acting that elevates 'Kid Galahad'. Elvis is very relaxed and cool, while Charles Bronson and Gig Young stand out very strongly in supporting roles. It was interesting to see Ed Asner in his debut, and while Lola Albright and Joan Blackman don't have much to do they are charming and have good chemistry with Elvis.

Overall, pretty good and compares very favourably against Elvis' other 60s vehicles. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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One of the better Presley flicks
Wuchak9 May 2016
Released in 1962, "Kid Galahad" stars Elvis as an ex-GI who returns to his rustic home town in upstate New York looking for employment as a mechanic. He's roped into becoming a boxer by a dubious manager-turned-innkeeper (Gig Young) while catching the eye of his kid sister (Joan Blackman). With the mentorship of his trainer (Charles Bronson), he quickly becomes the top-drawing champion "Kid Galahad." Then the mob tries to muscle in on the action. Lola Albright plays the innkeeper's significant other and assistant.

I prefer the more serious Elvis flicks (1964's "Roustabout") to the silly farces (1966's "Spinout") and "Kid Galahad" falls into the former bracket. While boxing is a big part of the plot, don't expect the urban-situated "Rocky" films or "Southpaw" (2015). What sets "Kid Galahad" apart is the setting – the awesome lodge in the mountains. In the story it's supposed to be either the Catskills or Adirondack Mountains, but it's obvious that it was shot out west. Regardless, the locations are exemplary. Beyond that, the story is dramatic and compelling.

The movie runs 95 minutes and was shot in Idyllwild, California, with studio work done in Culver City.

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Raging Elvis!
tilloscfc18 July 2015
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I'm going to go against what I said in a previous review - Blue Hawaii - where I stated that 1960's Wild In The Country would be the last serious role Elvis Presley would play until 1968's 'Charro'. 'Kid Galahad' can hardly be described as "silly" or "lightweight musical comedy". In it, The King plays Walter Gulick - like in Blue Hawaii fresh from 2 years military service - and returns to his hometown to buy a Garage. In the meantime, he needs money, and after boxing for the Army, joins the local boxing academy where his steel jaw and canon fist makes him an asset and sets him off on the road to fame and fortune, and ultimately his own business and a future with fiancée Joan Blackman - his co-star from 'Blue Hawaii'. Once again 'Kid Galahad' showcases Elvis' talents as a serious actor with top actors around him, in this case veterans Gig Young and hardman Charles Bronson. Mushy Callahan trained Elvis for six weeks prior to filming and was impressed with his boxing ability, apparently due to the Karate that Elvis had been studying for 3 years by this point. One amusing story from behind the scenes was during filming and the talk of boxing and karate came up and Elvis in impressing the crew performed an act involving splitting a board in two with one punch, much to Charles Bronson's displeasure...Bronson was then encouraged to show he could do the same...but couldn't! An MGM exec claims "we heard the sound of something breaking but it was not the board..." Of course 'Kid Galahad' isn't in the same class as 'Raging Bull' or 'Rocky' but is arguably better than recent boxing flick 'Grudge Match' if only for it's seriousness, which is improved even further for the sub plot involving Academy School owner Gig Young's financial problems and corruption which leads to threats and scenes of intimidation in the movie. All in all, an enjoyable Movie, a few decent Elvis songs thrown in (only 6 though, less than half the amount that appeared in 'Blue Hawaii') I give 'Kid Galahad' a strong 6 out of 10.
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IF Elvis can be ROCKY, why can't PeeWee Herman or . . .
Edgar Allan Pooh17 March 2015
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. . . Dale Evans be RAGING BULLS, too? KID GALAHAD asks the question, "What if Justin Bieber were a better singer, and a top-notch prize-fighter, to boot?" Elvis Presley never would have appeared politically correct enough to make the Final Four in national AMER1CAN IDOL voting. However, Mr. Presley had a gentleman in his corner known as "Col. Tom Parker," who ran his own beta version of "Reality TV," starring Elvis in his own "Bum of the Month Club." That is, about once a month, Elvis would show up on the Big Screen, pretending to be a broke scrapper who runs afoul of anyone with Money (and sometimes their law enforcement henchmen), charms the nearest Rich Girl with his singing, and waltzes off into the sunset with his new Sugar Mommy (in usually VERY abrupt endings!). KID GALAHAD fits Col. Parker's formula to a Model T. My copy of this movie says that it's a remake of a 1937 flick starring Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. I would guess that this story in the original version had a lot less crooning, and a lot more BELIEVABLE scrapping.
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a real pearl made when Elvis was still engaged in movie-making
beauzee26 December 2014
the pearl was never fully finished and the polish wears off quickly...but here we have a very credible remake of a 1937 boxing flick, livened up by some really terrific songs.

there's a lot of the expected Elvis: moody, two fisted stranger, with a good heart...a lot of talent...and interest in pretty ladies. yes, there's the older lady, Beverly Garland, girlfriend of struggling manager Gig Young, and there's the early 20ish JOan Blackman, who is immediately enchanted by the 27 year old "killer". we even get an incredibly embarrassing singing-in-the-car sequence...notice Charles Bronson in the backseat...obviously in pain, as Elvis croons "Riding the RAinbow".

what really sends this movie above the mediocre mark is that we have just six songs, spaced out nicely...and a very strong performance from Elvis. Even when he yells out, "I'm a grease monkey who doesn't slide so easily" he is locked in and convincing. He also adds some needed nuance...he finds he can fight as good as he can change spark plus n' sing...and he hates it.

a nice companion to FOLLOW THAT DREAM...which was a real comedy with music; here we have a real light drama with music. one of about 7 Elvis pictures which sustains nicely past the millennium.
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Elvis Climbs into the Ring
zardoz-1321 August 2014
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The King of Rock'n Roll Elvis Presley climbed into the boxing ring for his tenth movie "Kid Galahad" with director Phil Karlson helming this 1962 remake of director Michael Curtiz's 1937 pugilist film of the same name with Wayne Morris cast as the eponymous boxer. Our hero has just gotten out of the Army when he finds himself dead broke in his hometown of Cream Valley, New York. Initially, Walter Gulick (Elvis Presley) has no idea that putting on the gloves will reap fame and glory for him. He knows something about cars and motors and he makes an impression on those around him for his automotive skills. "Kid Galahad" comes up short of knock'em dead Elvis' songs, but the story line is more than sufficient stout to maintain interest. Karlson surrounds Elvis with some heavy-weight thespian talent, chiefly Oscar winner Gig Young, future superstar Charles Bronson, Michael Dante, veteran bad guy Richard Devon, and Roy Roberts. When the film unfolds, a boxer promoter wants somebody to go for one round with his champion slugger, Joie Shakes (Michael Dante of "The Naked Kiss"), but he gets the surprise of his life when Gulick drops Joie to the canvas. Eventually, Elvis hits the big time and his fellow townspeople are betting everything on him. Gig Young is effectively cast as William Grogan who is suffering at the hands of a criminal syndicate about what he may have seen when a man was murdered. Assistant District Attorney Frank Gerson (Ed Asner in his cinematic debut) wants Grogan to testify against the mob, but Grogan is reluctant because he is up to his neck in debt to bookies. Meantime, the mob plan to pit Gulick against Ramon 'Sugarboy' Romero (Orlando De La Fuente), but they are concerned that Gulick may try to win the match. The villains break the hands of Lew Nyack (Charles Bronson of "The Mechanic") so that he cannot tend Elvis' wounds in the arena. Elvis falls in love with Dolly (Joan Blackman of "Career"), and they hit it off with few complications. Meantime, William Grogan is struggling with his new girl, Fletcher (Lola Albright of "The Impossible Years"), who gave up a night club singing career at a different club. Although it is contemporary epic with some music, "Kid Galahad" packs more punch than the usual lightweight contemporary Elvis outing.
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