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Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim (1942)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1942 Wide

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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

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Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy

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Mar 27, 2007

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The most kinetic of period pieces, the least pious of biopics, Walsh's Grand Illusion, an elegy for men trying to hang on to the notion of blood sports as games of honor

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Walsh trusts his viewers to value ability and wit over humility and pathos, resulting in one of the most roundly entertaining of all sports films.

August 9, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

One of the most lovable, funny and enthusiastic of all film biographies.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

...has all the exuberance, excitement, romance, and high good humor that is missing in many of today's so-called inspirational sports films.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Errol Flynn excels as the brash, social-climbing Corbett.

December 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Romanticized Jim Corbett boxing fable; Flynn is still fun to watch.

January 4, 2005

Superior -- if largely fact-free -- biopic with Flynn as the character should have been rather than as he was.

September 4, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Gentleman Jim

Back in the day the Irish were as lovingly mythologized as the Brits in Hollywood movies, and this Roaul Walsh film is no exception, as Errol Flynn, in fine form, plays the social climbing upstart of a man who took boxing from brawling to an art form. Warner Bros. was in its heyday and this brash, impertinent, raucous work exults in its vigor. Ward Bond too shines in one of his better roles as the great John L. Sullivan.
June 17, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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A pretty good boxing movie, it's set in the past, in England (I think). I saw it on TV, and it looked good enough, but I got kinda bored with it in some scenes.
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

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Errol has one of his best roles here. How much is truth who knows but its well played and Alexis Smith is incredibly lovely.
January 3, 2009
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jay nixon

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A Warner Brothers classic, that richly deserves a place among the pantheon of great boxing films, it tells the true-life story of James J. "Gentlemen Jim" Corbett, the colorful Irish-American boxer who became the first heavyweight champion of the world, under the new Marquis of Queensberry rules. The story follows Corbett played by Errol Flynn who delivers one of the finest and most charismatic performances of his career, as a ambitious bank clerk in San Francisco, who thru chance will fight the ex-boxing champion of England and win. That will eventually lead to a fearsome fight with the heavyweight champion of the world, the great John L. Sullivan a legendary ring king played by Ward Bond in brilliant larger-than-life performance which is one of the finest moments in his distinguished career. The film is also a fascinating look at the early days of boxing as a outlaw sport, with some exciting and realistic fight sequences, which well-staged and are highly effective. Flynn was actually an accomplished boxer and you can see it was him doing all of his stunts and no doubles, this role was Errol Flynn's favorite, he trained rigorously to master Corbett's gliding footwork, his deft jabbing and lighting left-hooking that were all Corbett trademarks. Magnificent supporting performances from Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, William Frawley, Minor Watson, and John Loder. Superlative direction by Raoul Walsh and impressive production values, convincingly recreating San Francisco circa 1887. A Knockout entertainment. Highly Recommended.
June 15, 2010
Dannyrovira

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    1. Walter Lowrie: The Corbett's are at it again!
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