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Winner Take All (1932)

Unrated | | Drama | 16 July 1932 (USA)
Young boxer Jim Kane, resting at a New Mexico "health ranch," meets and falls for Peggy Harmon, former nightclub table singer...who needs $600 more for her sickly son to stay in the place. ... See full summary »


Roy Del Ruth


Gerald Beaumont (based on a story by), Robert Lord (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
Marian Nixon ... Peggy Harmon
Guy Kibbee ... Pop Slavin
Dickie Moore ... Dickie Harmon
Virginia Bruce ... Joan Gibson
Alan Mowbray ... Forbes - the Etiquette Teacher
Esther Howard ... Ann - Joan's Friend
Clarence Muse ... Rosebud -, the Trainer
Clarence Wilson Clarence Wilson ... Ben Isaacs
Ralf Harolde ... Legs Davis - Diamond Ring Seller
John Roche ... Roger Elliott


Young boxer Jim Kane, resting at a New Mexico "health ranch," meets and falls for Peggy Harmon, former nightclub table singer...who needs $600 more for her sickly son to stay in the place. To help her, Jim endangers his health with a tough boxing match in Tijuana. Before long, he's back fighting while Peggy stays in the desert. But in the city, after new triumphs, Jim meets Joan, a teasing Society blonde. Will he see through her before it's too late? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He Knocks Cupid for a Row of Hearts!




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Release Date:

16 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campeão do Amor See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jimmy goes to see Joan after his plastic surgery, she is seen reading the March, 1931 edition of True Confessions magazine - cover price 25 cents. First published in August, 1922, as of 2017 it continues to be published monthly. See more »


In the final fight scene, Jimmy tells Rosebud to call Joan's apartment. He leaves the ring to make the call. However, when the ring announcer is introducing the fighters, Rosebud is in the ring with Jimmy. See more »


[Joan and Jim kiss.]
Joan Gibson: You could stand a cold drink after that one, couldn't you?
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Featured in Terrible Joe Moran (1984) See more »


Beyond the Blue Horizon
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and W. Franke Harling
Played as background music when Jim leaves New York
Also played as the train departs for Chicago
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James Cagney Gets in the Ring
14 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Resting in the country, lightweight boxer James Cagney (as Jim "Jimmy" Kane) meets sweet widow Marian Nixon (as Peggy Harmon) and her adorable six-year-old son Dickie Moore (as Dickie). You can almost hear the wedding bells warming up when Mr. Cagney gives Ms. Nixon his winnings to save the ranch. But, when manager Guy Kibbee (as Pop Slavin) helps Cagney to the top of the boxing circuit, the champ is lured away from his new sweetheart by shapely New York socialite Virginia Bruce (as Joan Gibson)...

Cagney tries to fit in with the upscale crowd by getting his broken nose and cauliflower ear fixed, but learns looks aren't everything. This variation on the routine boxing picture was unofficially re-made as "Kid Monk Baroni" (1952), an unintentionally amusing drama starring Leonard Nimoy. "Winner Take All" owes its limited success to Cagney's deliberate comedy, although it recalled as his first appearance in a boxing movie. For some reason, Cagney is always funny with a "dresser" and his timing is perfect herein.

****** Winner Take All (7/16/32) Roy Del Ruth ~ James Cagney, Marian Nixon, Virginia Bruce, Guy Kibbee

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