The Champ (1931)

The Champ

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In this film, Wallace Beery stars as a washed-up boxer. The bibulous Beery travels from one tank-town bout to another in the company of his faithful son Jackie Cooper and his stuttering manager Roscoe Ates. Hoping for a comeback, Beery travels to Tijuana.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frances Marion, Leonard Praskins, Wanda Tuchock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
Runtime:

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as Sponge

as Mary Lou

as Louie the Bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Champ

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

This picture is a further example of clever acting saving the day, for there is little in this narrative of horse racing and pugilistic bouts that possesses much akin to originality.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

A good picture, almost entirely by virtue of an inspired performance by a boy, Jackie Cooper.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

A film with a lot of heart, unafraid to bare its emotions.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film is so dated that it creaks.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

King Vidor's first (and still best) version of this sentimental saga is worth seeing for the performances of Wallace Beery (who won the Oscar) as down-on-his-luck prizefigher as terrific child actor Jackie Cooper as his son.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

Beery, a former vaudeville comedian and cross-dresser, is an expert at physical comedy: his drunk act isn't very realistic, but it's fun to watch.

Full Review… | May 2, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Champ

½

I've read other reviews that have called this sentimental and sappy. I guess I enjoy that on occasion. I identified with Beery's character trying to get by, struggling to improve himself. I also like performances by children who are precocious enough to show innocence at times, but mostly have a toughness and worldliness to match their adult co-stars.

hypathio7
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

A grittier version than the crappolo that they made in the seventies. This story probably played itself out many times among the down and out with similar tragic results.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

This picture is a further example of clever acting saving the day, for there is little in this narrative of horse racing and pugilistic bouts that possesses much akin to originality.

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