1942, Action, 1h 44m25 Reviews 500+ Ratings
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James J. Corbett
Carlton De Witt
John L. Sullivan
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It's all around excellent entertainment and I hope you'll take it in.
Errol Flynn is to the manner drawn as the impeccable Gentleman Jim, and Ward Bond has the richest role of his long and serviceable career as the blustering Sullivan.
Gentleman Jim is both dramatic and amusing and will be particularly interesting to those who remember him and to those who would like to know about the first great boxer who relied upon brain and skill to overcome brawn.December 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
The boxing scenes achieve striking reality, and when he is observed in them, Flynn seems especially facile, which is just what the portrayal needs in its pugilistic aspects.
Gentleman Jim is quite acceptable mainly for the slickness of Errol Flynn in the title role and for a superb piece of caricature by Ward Bond as John L. Sullivan.
Saved chiefly by a few comedy sequences and an attractive girl from being a continual boxing, match, Gentleman Jim is a film which will be appreciated only by keen supporters of the sport.
Audience Reviews for Gentleman Jim
Jun 17, 2012Back 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. W Super Reviewer
Sep 05, 2010A 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
Jun 05, 2010A 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.Danny R Super Reviewer
Jan 03, 2009Errol has one of his best roles here. How much is truth who knows but its well played and Alexis Smith is incredibly lovely.jay n Super Reviewer