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The Kid Comes Back (1938)

After defeating a prominent, highly-ranked heavyweight fighter in convincing and sensational fashion, "Gunner" Malone hopes to get a shot at the world-champion title, but is foiled by the ... See full summary »

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B. Reeves Eason

Writers:

George Bricker (screen play), E.J. Flanagan (based on "Trial Horse" story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wayne Morris ... Rush Conway
Barton MacLane ... 'Gunner' Malone
June Travis ... Mary Malone
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Stan Wilson
Archie Robbins ... Kenneth Rockwell (as James Robbins)
Dickie Jones ... Bobby Doyle
Joseph Crehan ... Danny Lockridge
Frank Otto Frank Otto ... Joey Meade
Robert Paige ... Radio Announcer (as David Carlyle)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Mr. Redmann
Robert Homans ... Policeman Mike Dougherty
Wendell Niles Wendell Niles ... Radio Announcer (as Wen Niles)
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After defeating a prominent, highly-ranked heavyweight fighter in convincing and sensational fashion, "Gunner" Malone hopes to get a shot at the world-champion title, but is foiled by the retirement by the fighter who holds it. Later, Russ Conway, a Texas cowboy "Gunner" has taken under his wing, becomes the leading contender for the title through the scheming of a newspaper sports writer; but Rush refuses to fight because he is in love with "Gunner's" sister, Mary, and has promised her he will quit the game---and trickery follows. The low-number PCA certificate on this film is because the film set on a Warner Brothers' shelf for two years after it was made. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Pull Your Punches See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Completed in 1936, reviewed in Motion Picture Herald and Photoplay in early 1937, but not released until 1938. See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn (uncredited) and lyrics by Septimus Winner
Sung a cappella by Ward Bond
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The Kid Gets in the Ring With Barton Maclane
28 March 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Barton Maclane has been plugging away for years to become heavyweight champion. Along the way he notices that amateur Wayne Morris has a lot of potential, so he buys his contract and mentors him. Meanwhile, Morris and Maclane's sister, June Travis, fall in love. When Maclane gets the chance to be champion, he has to fight Morris for the title, but Travis wants them both out of the ring before their brains get destroyed.

It's a one-hour Warner B from the period when they were slick, fast and mostly rote efforts, but this one is carried on the charms of Maclane's dumb lug characterization, something that I always enjoy . While he was capable of some fine performances -- he is wonderful in his supporting role in HIGH SIERRA -- he spent a lot of time in the Bs as Warner's answer to George Bancroft. The result here is decent, and is bolstered by the always amusing Maxie Rosenbloom as a competing boxer.


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