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The Joe Louis Story (1953)

The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.

Director:

Robert Gordon

Writer:

Robert Sylvester (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Coley Wallace Coley Wallace ... Joe Louis
Paul Stewart ... Tad McGeehan
Hilda Simms ... Marva Louis
James Edwards ... 'Chappie' Blackburn
John Marley ... Mannie Seamon
Dots Johnson Dots Johnson ... Julian Black (as Dotts Johnson)
Evelyn Ellis ... Mrs. Barrows
Carl 'Rocky' Latimer Carl 'Rocky' Latimer ... Arthur Pine
John Marriott ... Sam Langford
Ike Jones Ike Jones ... Johnny Kingston (as Isaac Jones)
P. Jay Sidney P. Jay Sidney ... John Roxborough
Royal Beal Royal Beal ... Mike Jacobs
Herbert Ratner Herbert Ratner ... Newspaper man (as Herb Ratner)
Ruby Goldstein Ruby Goldstein ... Ruby Goldstein
Norman Rose Norman Rose ... Lieutenant
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The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

POWERFUL... as his battering fists! THRILLING... as his fighting heart! GREAT... as his never-to-be-forgotten story!


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Wladimir Klitschko surpassed Louis's title length in 2015 and as of 2019 holds the record for being the heavyweight champ the longest at just over 12 years while Louis's held if for 11.7 years. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is sending a telegram to Marva in Chicago, the address he gives the Western Union is 5220 Congress Street, but when she receives the telegram, the address reads 60 East 47th Street. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newspaper man: Tad, you missed the greatest fight of the year. This Marciano's another Dempsy. Louis is through for real now. He should've quit while he was ahead. What are you doing here? I thought you were goin' home. Well, Rocky almost knocked him out of the ring. The kid's got a punch like a ten-ton truck! He'll be the next champ for sure. Well, I'd better go write my story.
Tad McGeehan: Lou... I'll write the story.
Newspaper man: But you didn't see the fight.
Tad McGeehan: I'll write the real story.
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Connections

Referenced in Autopsie d'un film érotique (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Around
by Alec Wilder
Sung by Anita Ellis accompanied by Ellis Larkins Trio
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Great Movie!
12 September 2003 | by AriSquadSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. Coley Wallace does a real good job as Louis. I am glad to see it made it to DVD. Coley Wallace was a terrific boxer himself & the only person ever to beat Rocky Maricano. My only one complaint is the director Robert Gordon, who made some good westerns, rushed this movie a bit, especially the last half. Other than that it's a good movie for boxing history.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Joe Louis See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter P. Chrysler Jr. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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