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Gentleman Jim (1942)

Gentleman Jim (1942)

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This is a loosely structured biopic about 19th-century bare-knuckle boxing champion James J. Corbett.

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Cast

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 (9)

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…

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 | Rating: 80/100 | Full Review…

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

July 17, 2009 | Full Review…

...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 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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

December 12, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

January 4, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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
Kevin M. Williams

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½

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

Danny Rovira
Danny Rovira

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