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Golden Boy

Golden Boy (1939)

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Release Date: Sep 5, 1939 Wide

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Director Rouben Mamoulian often claimed that he'd been inspired to make Golden Boy after reading a newspaper clipping about a recently deceased boxer. While Mamoulian may have genuinely believed that he was the true "auteur" of Golden Boy, he probably wouldn't have made the picture at all had not Clifford Odets started the ball rolling by writing the property for the stage in 1936. In his first starring role, William Holden plays Joe Bonaparte, a promising young boxer. While boxing promoter Tom

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Sarah Y. Mason

Nov 13, 2007

Columbia Pictures

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Despite a compromised version and imposed happy ending, Odets' sports melodrama still holds emotional and dramatic power due to the acting of William Holden, then 21, in a role that catapulted him to overnight stardom and Stanwyck as the dame from Newark

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Golden Boy is a disappointment, but not without its moments.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Mamoulian's film holds together even if it can't completely overcome all its clichés.

September 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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it's pretty corny but it was great fun seeing 21-year old william holden in his first important role as violinist turned boxer joe bonaparte. i swear i didn't recognize him for at least 10 mins. and of course he falls for barbara stanwyck :)
July 17, 2009
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Barbara Stanwyck is fine as usual and William Holden does well considering it was his first lead but Lee J. Cobb, usually a fine actor, overdoes his part to the nth degree.
January 28, 2008
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