Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

Errol Flynn
Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith
, Jack Carson
Jack Carson
Raoul Walsh


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Maybe Errol Flynn was never the war hero that he often played, but he was a capable boxer, and Gentleman Jim makes full use of this skill. Flynn stars as Jim Corbett, the 19th-century American pugilist who introduced "scientific" methods to bare-knuckle boxing. Originally an office clerk, Corbett is introduced to the then-illegal sport of fighting when one of the bank executives sponsors the young man's training at the Olympic Club. His arrogance wins Corbett a few enemies, including high-born lady Victoria Ware (Alexis Smith), whose dislike turns to casual affection when she realizes that Corbett is a sincere young fellow who can back up his boasts. What "Gentleman Jim" desires most in life is a match with reigning heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan (Ward Bond). Corbett and Sullivan finally meet in a bout governed by those new Marquis of Queensbury rules that Corbett has helped popularize. Twenty-one epoch-making rounds later, Corbett emerges victorious. At the victory celebration, Sullivan and Corbett graciously exchange mutual words of respect and affection. At this point, Corbett has totally won over the lovely Victoria -- but hasn't quite convinced his brawling brothers that "scientific" boxing is the wave of the future, and the film ends with a typical Raoul Walsh-directed battle royal. More faithful to the facts than most Errol Flynn biopics (but still with enough poetic license to drive historical purists up a wall), Gentleman Jim is broad, boisterous entertainment. Though it looks expensive, the film was made under Warner Bros.' standard pinchpenny restrictions; if you look closely at that moored ship where Corbett has one of his first professional fights, you'll notice that it's a leftover set from the 1940 Errol Flynn swashbuckler The Sea Hawk.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
UPC: 0888574092184
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 24,820

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn James J. Corbett
Alexis Smith Victoria Ware
Jack Carson Walter Lowrie
Alan Hale Pat Corbett
John Loder Clinton DeWitt
Ward Bond John L. Sullivan
William Frawley Billy Delaney
Minor Watson Buck Ware
Madeleine Le Beau Anna Held
Rhys Williams Harry Watson
Arthur Shields Father Burke
Dorothy Vaughan Ma Corbett
James Flavin George Corbett
Pat Flaherty Harry Corbett
Wallis Clark Judge Geary
Marilyn Phillips Mary Corbett
Art Foster Jack Burke
Edwin Stanley President McInnes
Harry Crocker Charles Crocker
Frank Mayo Gov. Stanford
Fred Kelsey Sutro
Sammy Stein Joe Choynski
Hooper Atchley Man
Monte Blue Actor
Wade Boteler Policeman
Georgia Caine Mrs. Geary
Wade Crosby Manager
William B. Davidson Donovan
Wee Willie Davis Flannagan
Jean del Val Renaud
Lester Dorr Reporter
Mary Gordon Irish Woman
Frank S. Hagney Mug
Carl Harbaugh Smith
William Hopper Actor
Milt Kibbee Actor
Lon McCallister Page Boy
Pat O'Malley Detective
Lee Phelps Actor
Emmett Vogan Stage Manager
Clara Blandick Actor
Mike Mazurki Jake Kilrain
Charles Wilson Gurney

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Buckner Producer
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Jack Killifer Editor
Vincent Lawrence Screenwriter
Horace McCoy Screenwriter
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Ted Smith Art Director
Perc Westmore Makeup

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