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Kid Galahad (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 May 1937 (USA)
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Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screen play), Francis Wallace (from the story by: Saturday Evening Post)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Nick Donati
Bette Davis ... Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
Humphrey Bogart ... Turkey Morgan
Wayne Morris ... Ward Guisenberry / Kid Galahad
Jane Bryan ... Marie Donati
Harry Carey ... Silver Jackson
William Haade ... Chuck McGraw
Soledad Jiménez ... Mrs. Donati (as Soledad Jiminez)
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Joe Taylor
Ben Welden ... Buzz Barett
Joseph Crehan ... Brady
Veda Ann Borg ... The Redhead
Frank Faylen ... Barney
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Gunman
Bob Evans Bob Evans ... Sam
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Storyline

When a bellhop knocks out fighter Chuck McGraw, promoter Nick Donati realizes he's a potential champ. "Kid Galahad" justifies Nick's confidence, but Nick's mistress Fluff falls for him; in turn, the Kid falls for Nick's young sister. Now overprotective brother Nick turns against his new fighter, leading to a near- disastrous title fight and a murderous confrontation. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

29 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battling Bellhop See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 19, 1938 with Edward G. Robinson reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

When Turkey confronts Fluff, Ward and Silver in front of the New York hotel, he is seen in long shot leaning against the building, then begins to advance toward the trio. When we cut to the medium shot, he once again is leaning against the wall and then again starts to move toward the three of them. See more »

Quotes

Nick 'Nicky' Donati: [to Fluff] Say, what did you worry about before you met me?
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Featured in Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Moon Is in Tears Tonight
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Bette Davis, voice dubbed
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Boxing film with Edward G and Bette Davis, dubbed
3 December 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

It's always hilarious today to see films where people like Lucille Ball and Bette Davis, whose voices are so familiar to audiences, are dubbed when singing. Bette's night club number in a rich contralto is a jarring moment in this movie.

"Kid Galahad" is a 1937 film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring part of the excellent Warners roster: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Jane Bryan, and Wayne Morris. Morris is a hunky bellboy, nicknamed "Kid Galahad," made into a champion boxer by manager Nick Donati (Robinson); he falls for Robinson's pretty sister Marie(Bryan). Meanwhile, Robinson's girlfriend Louise (Davis) has fallen for Morris herself.

Predictable drama, but the cast is terrific and the film moves very quickly. Everyone is terrific. Bogart was not yet a star, and is effective as Robinson's nemesis, Turkey.

Obviously Warners loved this story - it was remade as The Wagons Roll at Night and later as a vehicle for Elvis.

Boxing stories have always been great film fodder. There isn't anything exceptional about "Kid Galahad" except its cast, and you're sure not going to see the likes of them again.


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