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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 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 »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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

Louise 'Fluff' Phillips: [to Ward] Maybe I was feeling a little too girl scouty today.
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Referenced in Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing for Sale
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
First tune played at the party
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Three Legends Together
7 January 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Kid Galahad (1937)

*** (out of 4)

Edward G. Robinson plays fight promoter Nick Donati who thinks he has found a fighter (Wayne Morris) he can take to the Championship. The only trouble is Nick's hot tempered anger, which gets him in trouble with his girlfriend (Bette Davis) and a gangster (Humphrey Bogart) who he double crosses. Not to mention his anger when the fighter begins to date his sister (Jane Bryan). This drama from Warner plays a little too long but there's no denying the extreme fun it contains due to the three legends appearing together as well as the strong supporting cast. The story is pretty predictable if you've seen any of the 30's boxing pictures but then again the genre had pretty much wore itself out in terms of plot details by the end of the silent era. With that said, the story here of a hot tempered manager makes for some nice drama but the story isn't what's going to bring people to this movie. Seeing Robinson, Davis and Bogart together is where the fun is at and the reason why people will be drawn to this film. It's rather strange that the Elvis remake was more popular than this one for sometime but I'm going to guess that was due to this one not being available for so many decades. Robinson turns in a good performance but it's certainly not among his best. Bogart is a lot of fun in his supporting role as the tough gangster. Davis nearly steals the film and delivers a very good performance as the woman always having to keep Robinson's temperature down. The real surprise comes from Bryan and Morris who are perfect together and steal the show in the end. Film buffs might not find too many original ideas here but that doesn't really matter due to the wonderful cast being held together by the strong direction of Curtiz.


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