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Gentleman Jim (1942)

Gentleman Jim (1942)

Gentleman Jim




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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Horace McCoy, Vincent Lawrence
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 27, 2007
Warner Bros.


Errol Flynn
as James J. Corbett
John Loder
as DeWitt
Ward Bond
as John L. Sullivan
Minor Watson
as Buck Ware
Arthur Shields
as Father Burke
James Flavin
as George Corbett
Pat Flaherty
as Harry Corbett
Wallis Clark
as Judge Geary
Marilyn Phillips
as Mary Corbett
Edwin Stanley
as President McInnes
Henry O'Hara
as Colis Huntington
Harry Crocker
as Charles Crocker
Frank Mayo
as Gov. Stanford
Sammy Stein
as Joe Choynski
Mike Mazurki
as Jake Kilrain
Wade Crosby
as Manager
Georgia Caine
as Mrs. Geary
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
Mary Gordon
as Irish Woman
Emmett Vogan
as Stage Manager
Lester Dorr
as Reporter
Lee Phelps
as Detective
Pat O'Malley
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for Gentleman Jim

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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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

Full Review… | October 18, 2010

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.

Full Review… | August 9, 2009

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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