Episcopalian minister Gil Allen keeps up his college days interest in boxing by working out at a gym run by his friend, Tom Kelley. Gil declines when fight manager Gus McAuliffe offers to ...
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Episcopalian minister Gil Allen keeps up his college days interest in boxing by working out at a gym run by his friend, Tom Kelley. Gil declines when fight manager Gus McAuliffe offers to get him some bouts but, spurred by the need for a new iron lung and a swimming pool in his community, Gil takes on a fight, without disclosing his true profession, and knocks out his opponent with one punch. This impresses Pearl Gorman, girl friend of fight promoter Tony Lorenzo. Pearl was a promising singer until her fiancé, a boxer, died in the ring but is now on the bottle. She drinks more heavily when Gil ignores her. Gil is about to quit boxing but when Father Ritchie informs him that a down payment has already been made on the iron lung, he continues. He explains his winnings from his fights to Father Ritchie as donations from a friend in the leather business. Pearl learns his true identity and, through his influence, quits drinking. Gil one-punches his way to enough wins to pay off the iron ...Written by
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In "The Leather Saint", an Episcopal minister, Gil Allen (John Derek), decides to box in the ring in order to bring much needed funds to his parish and to fund their hospital. After all, the story was made during the height of the polio epidemic and iron lungs and rehabilitation equipment is expensive. However, oddly, he never tells his trainer (Paul Douglas) that he's a preacher and it remains a strange, dark secret for much of the story.
In many ways, this film is a typical sort of boxing movie with the novelty of having the boxing sensation being a clergyman. Apart from that and some schmaltzy stuff towards the end, it's nothing out of the ordinary and the boxing scenes are amazingly sparse as well as tame.
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