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Kid Galahad (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 May 1937 (USA)
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Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screen play), Francis Wallace (from the story by: Saturday Evening Post)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Nick Donati
Bette Davis ... Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
Humphrey Bogart ... Turkey Morgan
Wayne Morris ... Ward Guisenberry / Kid Galahad
Jane Bryan ... Marie Donati
Harry Carey ... Silver Jackson
William Haade ... Chuck McGraw
Soledad Jiménez ... Mrs. Donati (as Soledad Jiminez)
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Joe Taylor
Ben Welden ... Buzz Barett
Joseph Crehan ... Brady
Veda Ann Borg ... The Redhead
Frank Faylen ... Barney
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Gunman
Bob Evans Bob Evans ... Sam
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Storyline

When a bellhop knocks out fighter Chuck McGraw, promoter Nick Donati realizes he's a potential champ. "Kid Galahad" justifies Nick's confidence, but Nick's mistress Fluff falls for him; in turn, the Kid falls for Nick's young sister. Now overprotective brother Nick turns against his new fighter, leading to a near- disastrous title fight and a murderous confrontation. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

29 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battling Bellhop See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Production completed on Monday, March 8, 1937. See more »

Goofs

During the fights in the arenas, the crowd is painted on a backdrop in the balcony and after the sixth row in the mezzanine. See more »

Quotes

Nick 'Nicky' Donati: [to Fluff] Say, what did you worry about before you met me?
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Connections

Featured in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The Moon Is in Tears Tonight
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Bette Davis, voice dubbed
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Knockout entertainment! ... Eddie to Bette: "Am I outta the doghouse now?"
2 December 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Warner Bros. mix of gangster grit and boxing sweat has fight manager Edward G. Robinson battling with nemesis Humphrey Bogart over fighters, egos, and money (the only thing they don't argue about is dames!). Matters are complicated by a fresh, innocent rube, a bellhop with a right hook whom Robinson wins the confidence of. Bette Davis is Eddie's right-hand-gal who falls in love with the polite, shy Wayne Morris against her better judgment, while Jane Bryan as Eddie's kid sis wins the boxer's heart after graduating from convent school. Based on a Saturday Evening Post story, this smoky, super-emotional and physical melodrama allows each of its players to shine (except for Bryan, who isn't in the same league as the others). Michael Curtiz directed with skill and speed, though an early boxing sequence is too fast (with the film mechanically speeded up for no apparent reason); other scenes in the ring also look hokey, although these are the only incidents which do. Curtiz is amazingly adept at handling actors, and Davis is girlish and positively charming making sweet and light conversation with Morris, whose aw-shucks smiles at her tell us everything we need to know. Later remade as one of Elvis Presley's better pictures. A big fat hit. ***1/2 from ****


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