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 ... Fluff
Humphrey Bogart ... Turkey Morgan
Wayne Morris ... Ward Guisenberry / Kid Galahad
Jane Bryan ... Marie
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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EVERY WOMAN MUST MAKE A FOOL OF HERSELF OVER A MAN...ONCE! (original print add) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Remade as The Wagons Roll at Night (1941) with Humphrey Bogart in a circus setting, and with Elvis Presley as Kid Galahad (1962). See more »

Goofs

When Turkey confronts Fluff, Ward and Silver in front of the New York hotel, he is seen in long shot leaning against the building, then begins to advance toward the trio. When we cut to the medium shot, he once again is leaning against the wall and then again starts to move toward the three of them. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Donati: [to Marie] Nickie is a manager of boxfighters, not of people's hearts. I go to bed now.
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Connections

Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing for Sale
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
First tune played at the party
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predictable but well-made
29 December 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This was certainly not the most original movie made by Warner Brothers, but it was an excellent showcase for the talents of Edward G. Robinson and cast. It's a perfect example of the type of film this company made so well in the 1930s--a simple and predictable story combined with excellent dialog and acting and breezy direction. While this story will not change the world, it is well worth the watching. By the way, this story has been remade several times---such as THE WAGONS ROLL AT MIDNIGHT (with Humphrey Bogart taking on the Edward G. Robineson part and Eddie Albert playing a lion tamer instead of a boxer) and KID GALAHAD (with Elvis). None of these films are quite as satisfying as this film. So my advice is, if you only want to see one, watch this one.


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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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