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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)
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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
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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>

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A GANG OF ROUGH NECKS and a TWO FISTED PRIEST! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Paul Baroni See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leonard Nimoy was paid $350 to play the title role. He was also allowed to keep the three suits which he wore in the film, all of which cost about $50. 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.
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14 March 2002 | by geek3866See all my reviews

Mild 50's era melodrama about pug faced boxer who finds his life changed after plastic surgery. Plays like a Bowery Boys movie with extra pathos. Notable only for being Leonard Nimoy's first starring role. He does reasonable enough job as title character. Also in the cast are TV's first Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson as Nimoy's best bud and Jerry Lewis second banana Kathleen Freeman in the unlikely role of Nimoy's mother. For fans of Nimoy and Bowery Boys only.


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