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The Personality Kid (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 7 July 1934 (USA)
Ritzy McCarty is a fighter managed by his wife Joan, who wants him only to fight until they have the money to build a better life. However, he has other ideas.


Alan Crosland


F. Hugh Herbert (screen play), Erwin S. Gelsey (screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Ritzy McCarty
Glenda Farrell ... Joan McCarty
Claire Dodd ... Patricia Merrill
Robert Gleckler ... Gavin
Henry O'Neill ... Stephens
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... Rankin (as Thomas Jackson)
Arthur Vinton ... McPhail
Clarence Muse ... Shamrock
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Duncan
George Cooper ... Tiny
G. Pat Collins ... Ed (as George Pat Collins)
Al Hill ... Al


Ritzy McCarty is a fighter managed by his wife Joan, who wants him only to fight until they have the money to build a better life. However, he has other ideas.

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Release Date:

7 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comigo é Assim See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the newspaper column "Sport-Log" is the Latin phrase "Sic transit gloria mundi", which means "So passes away the glory of the world". See more »


After Sullivan knocks down Ritzy in the dressing room, Ritzy goes out into the hall yelling for him. A moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall to the left in the hallway. See more »


Referenced in Small Wonder: The Personality Kid (1987) See more »


Without That Certain Thing
Written by Max Nesbitt and Harry Nesbitt
Played during the opening photo credits and often in the score
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Star Quality
10 December 2007 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

If you like boxing movies, you're in for a treat, because this one has a very nice cast. However, it isn't the most exciting film, and if you don't like boxing movies, you might find yourself getting rather bored now and then. Ritzy McCarty (Pat O'Brien) is a boxer with some very fancy trademarks, like dancing around in the ring. He gathers quite a crowd, so a big shot promoter decides to take him on, along with his manager wife (Glenda Farrell). Unfortunately, the success goes to his head, and Ritzy takes up with a wealthy society dame (Claire Dodd) who is rather amused with his interest in her. Of course, his large appetite dooms him.

The most exciting cast member for me is Farrell, and she opens the film with many scenes, but as Ritzy takes more of an interest in Dodd, her appearances fade away. She makes a comeback at the end, but her part isn't quite the typical sassy girl. She has her moments, and the character is certainly strong-willed, but she doesn't have any super-snappy and memorable lines.

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