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Lady and Gent (1932)

Fresh young boxer Buzz Kinney is just out of college. He's able to knock out Stag Bailey when the veteran becomes over confident. Later Buzz is a worn out wreck with a broken nose and cauliflower ear.


Stephen Roberts
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
George Bancroft ... Slag Bailey
Wynne Gibson ... Puff Rogers
Charles Starrett ... Ted Streaver
James Gleason ... Pin Streaver
John Wayne ... Buzz Kinney
Morgan Wallace ... Cash Enright
James Crane ... McSweeley
William Halligan William Halligan ... Doc Hayes
Billy Butts ... Ted (aged 9)
Joyce Compton ... Betty
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Principal
Charley Grapewin ... Grocer (as Charles Grapewin)
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Coroner
Syd Saylor ... Joe
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... 2nd Bartender


Stag Bailey, a slow-witted prizefighter, and his girlfriend, speakeasy hostess Puff Rogers, take over the upbringing of Ted Streaver after his father, Stag's manager, is killed. Ted is a bright boy, bound for college, but he wants to become a prizefighter. Stag and Puff set out to dissuade him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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To her, a speak-easy was Home, Sweet Home. To him a fight-ring was the family circle. Until a youngster from nowhere took them over -and made them over! (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 22 July 1932) See more »


Drama | Sport


Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Referenced in Wind at My Back: The Foolish Heart (2000) See more »


Everyone Knows It But You
Words by Sam Coslow
Music by Arthur Johnston
Copyright 1932 by Famous Music Corp.
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Simple, yet heartfelt tale of caring and settling down
30 November 2019 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

An American drama; A story about an overconfident ageing boxer who loses his last match to a hotshot up-and-comer with awful consequences and new responsibilities. This entertaining character study was nominated for the 1932 Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Story. It is a heartwarming story with good progression and good chemistry between the tough, risque club dancer Wynne Gibson, and her partner George Bancroft, who plays a washed up prizefighter with a heart. The way their relationship develops with her fiery demeanour and adapting to guardianship and respectable suburban life, is amusing and winsome, but also touching how she regrets her former life and embraces the new. John Wayne has a supporting part as a shabby, young pugilist. It is a little too long in running time for its hokum story but there is more than enough to sustain interest because it is very watchable.

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Release Date:

15 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Challenger See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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