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Golden Boy (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 5 September 1939 (USA)
Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer.

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Lewis Meltzer (screenplay), Daniel Taradash (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Lorna Moon
Adolphe Menjou ... Tom Moody
William Holden ... Joe Bonaparte
Lee J. Cobb ... Mr. Bonaparte
Joseph Calleia ... Eddie Fuseli
Sam Levene ... Siggie
Edward Brophy ... Roxy Lewis (as Edward S. Brophy)
Beatrice Blinn ... Anna
William H. Strauss William H. Strauss ... Mr. Carp
Don Beddoe ... Borneo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Halton ... Newspaperman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Joe Bonaparte's father wants him to pursue his musical talent; but Joe wants to be a boxer. Persuading near-bankrupt manager Tom Moody to give him a chance, Joe quickly rises in his new profession. When he has second thoughts Moody's girl Lorna uses feminine wiles to keep him boxing. But when tough gangster Eddie Fuseli wants to "buy a piece" of Joe, Lorna herself begins to have second thoughts...for that and other reasons. Is it too late? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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BETRAYED...by misled ambition...reclaimed by a musician's heart! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Columbia bought the rights to the play by Clifford Odets in 1938 for $100,000 ($1.74M in 2017). See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Lorna are at the park listening to a concert, her hat is near the blanket on the ground, but when they get up to leave it is a couple of feet away up against a bush. The trailer shows a scene with Lorna lying on the ground which does not appear in the movie, but which indicates some action that might have explained the movement of the hat if it hadn't been edited out. See more »

Quotes

Siggie: You can't insult me; I'm too ignorant!
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Alternate Versions

A video version in Argentina was lifted from a 16mm print from Columbia Pictures, in English with Spanish language subtitles. The credits of this version are translated in Spanish. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Golden Girls: Fiddler on the Ropes (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

We're in the Money Now
Sung a cappella by Adolphe Menjou to the tune of the traditional
nursery rhyme "The Farmer in the Dell"
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"I'm my mothers girl"
15 April 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Well-written and well-acted vehicle serves as William Holden's entree to stardom. He was just 21 and is easier to recognize in his opening scene by his voice rather than his boyish looks and longish hair. Regardless of what it took to get him to give this performance, it is one that will be long remembered. Barbara Stanwyck plays the tough cookie who discovers she has a heart of gold, reminiscent of her role later perfected in "Meet John Doe." When asked if she was Adolphe Menjou's girl, Barbara replies "I'm my mother's girl." Great cast of supporting character actors add to enjoyment of a solid production whose best scenes involve family and not the ring. Good camera work, especially of those fight scenes, excellent sets, and great direction make this a surprisingly good night's entertainment. I avoided it for years thinking this was just another fight movie -- it is not -- and am now sorry that I waited.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golden Boy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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