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Kid Monk Baroni (1952)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Sport | 1 May 1952 (USA)
"Kid" Monk Baroni, the leader of a street gang, becomes a professional boxer to escape his life in Little Italy, New York.


Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster)


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

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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


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 FIGHTING PRIEST and the SCREEN'S TOUGHEST ROUGH NECKS! (original 3-sheet poster) See more »


Action | Drama | Sport


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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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The film was shot in nine days. See more »


[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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Nimoy makes them pay for the ridicule
22 April 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The chief apostle of calm and logic as an approach to life made a screen debut in this film Kid Monk Baroni. Leonard Nimoy who became famous as Mr. Spock of Star Trek played many a tough guy like the title role in this film.

Nimoy is a kid with a real chip on his shoulder and it's about his looks. Not exactly blessed with the looks Tyrone Power, Nimoy learns the manly art of pugilism courtesy of the neighborhood priest Richard Rober. What to do but make his temper and his new boxing skills pay off. He goes to Bruce Cabot as a manager and soon enough gets into the big time.

For all the years of being teased and ridiculed about his looks, Nimoy makes it all pay in the ring. He even gets himself a fast stepping new girlfriend in Mona Knox to the consternation of Allene Roberts from the old neighborhood.

And then he gets some plastic surgery courtesy of all the money he's made in the ring he hasn't spent on Knox. That leads to quite a change of attitude and style.

Elements of Champion are very much present in the plot of Kid Monk Baroni. Jack Larson is in the film as well in the Arthur Kennedy role as opposed to Nimoy's Kirk Douglas.

Kid Monk Baroni is a no frills independent B picture. It is a nice boxing story however and Nimoy makes an impressive debut.

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