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Gentleman Jim (1942)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 14 November 1942 (USA)
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As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

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Complete credited cast:
... James J. Corbett
... Victoria Ware
... Walter Lowrie
... Pat Corbett
... Carlton De Witt
... Billy Delaney
... Buck Ware
... John L. Sullivan
... Anna Held (as Madeleine LeBeau)
... Harry Watson
... Father Burke
... Ma Corbett
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Because boxing is a considered an illegal and disreputable enterprise in 1880's San Francisco, wealthy and influential members of the prestigious Olympic Club vow to make the sport a "gentlemanly" one. They sponsor a brash, extroverted young bank clerk named Jim Corbett, who quickly becomes an accomplished fighter under the new Marquis of Queensbury Rules. Despite his success, the young Irish-American's social pretensions and boastful manner soon estrange him from his benefactors, who plot to give their conceited former protégé a well-deserved comeuppance. Despite this, his dazzlingly innovative footwork helps him to beat a succession of bigger and stronger men, and he finally finds himself fighting for the world's championship against his childhood idol, John L. Sullivan. Written by duke1029

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The grandest story of the Naughty "Nineties" becomes the gayest picture of the Fighting "Forties!"


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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Shields (Father Burke) and John Loder (Carlton De Witt) fought on opposite sides of the Easter Rising of 1916: Shields fought with the Irish republicans while Loder was a second lieutenant in the British Army. Furthermore, Loder was the son of General William Lowe, the British officer to whom Pádraig Pearse surrendered on April 29, 1916. Shields had previously played Pearse in The Plough and the Stars (1936). See more »

Goofs

The night the Corbetts are moving out of their old home to go to the one that Jim had bought for them, the shadow of the boom mic is clearly seen moving along the left wall as they come down the outside steps. See more »

Quotes

Victoria Ware: [after being kissed by Corbett] Fine way for a gentleman to behave.
James J. Corbett aka Gentleman Jim: Oh, darling, that gentleman stuff never fooled you, did it? I'm no gentleman.
Victoria Ware: In that case, I'm no lady.
[they kiss again]
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Featured in The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish 17th century music
In the score during the opening credits and in scenes after the Sullivan fight
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One of Errol's best
8 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is one of Errol's best films and performances as Gentleman Jim Corbett. He's loose and lively with his movie star charm and charisma in full evidence. He's also well matched with Alexis Smith one of the most undervalued of golden era actresses. They made four films together with this being the best of the bunch. Well directed by Walsh with a quick pace and a great group of the Warners stock company assembled. Ward Bond in particular stands out in a nice scene as John L. Sullivan passing the torch of championship on to the next generation. An excellent example of the studio system working at peak efficiency where all the components fall into place and turn an average script into something more.


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