6.5/10
102
8 user 1 critic

Kid Monk Baroni (1952)

"Kid" Monk Baroni, the leader of a street gang, becomes a professional boxer to escape his life in Little Italy, New York.

Director:

Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster)

Writers:

Aben Kandel (original screenplay), Dick Conway (additional dialogue) (as Richard Conway)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Bat (1959)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

Director: Crane Wilbur
Stars: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A series of vignettes linked together with the popular radio show of the same name, where women publicly reveal why they deserve to be Queen for the Day.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Jack Bailey, Jim Morgan, Fort Pearson
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Martin is a wounded gangster comforted by a visits from a little girl and her tiny dog with one bad eye. As he hides out, he makes plans to find his abusive, double crossing, partner.

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Wayne Morris, Dolores Moran
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their contraband.

Director: Laslo Benedek
Stars: Scott Brady, Richard Rober, K.T. Stevens
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Rober ... Father Callahan
Bruce Cabot ... Mr. Hellman
Allene Roberts ... Emily Brooks
Mona Knox ... June Travers
Leonard Nimoy ... Paul 'Monk' Baroni
Jack Larson ... Angelo
Budd Jaxon Budd Jaxon ... Knuckles
Archer MacDonald Archer MacDonald ... Pete
Kathleen Freeman ... Maria Baroni
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Gino Baroni (as Joe Mell)
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Al Petry
Stuart Randall ... Mr. Moore
Wayne Mallory ... Tony (as Chad Mallory)
Ted Avery Ted Avery ... Joey
Madelynn Broder Madelynn Broder ... Little Girl in Church
Edit

Storyline

Paul Baroni, known as Monk because of his misshapen face, is part of a New York street gang. Under the influence of his parish priest, Father Callahan, Paul learns to box and becomes a success. But his insecurities over how he looks lead him to throw away both success and his relationships...until a sudden change shows him a new way of looking at himself. Written by <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THE BILLY GOAT GANG (original Inset Card - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Paul Baroni See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Leonard Nimoy's first lead role. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Knuckles is staring at Monk]
Paul 'Monk' Baroni: Whatja lookin' at?
Knuckles: Nothin'.
[Monk slaps Knuckles]
Knuckles: What's that for?
Paul 'Monk' Baroni: For nothin'. Next time you want to look at me, the line forms to the right. - two bits admission.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bob Wilkins Lost Film Collection (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mild Drama
26 February 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The movie's the sort of thing John Garfield at Warner Bros. did to more dramatic effect. Nimoy's a tough slum kid going nowhere until priest Rober takes an interest and teaches him boxing. The Kid's good with his fists, attracting the interest of professional gamblers who grease his upward career. Now he's got money and a fast-lane girlfriend. Trouble is he's losing the wholesome values that were emerging with the priest and neighborhood girlfriend Roberts.

I agree with another reviewer: the narrative is restrained in its drama and conflicts. The results don't play up either phase of Nimoy's life. Slum life and fast life are both characterized rather than dramatized. That's okay, but doesn't do much for overall impact. Nimoy shows acting flair even if his physical build is too spare for a professional fighter. Mona Knox impresses as the gold-digging counter girl. Too bad her career was brief. And I wish I knew the name of the Huntz Hall counterpart who threatens to turn the proceedings into a Bowery Boys farce. Anyway, I get the feeling the screenplay was influenced by the temper of its time, 1952. After all, the McCarthy years emphasized both societal and religious conformity, both of which are foremost in this feature. Nonetheless, fans of Nimoy should enjoy this early outing, with his ugly nose make- up or without.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed