Gentleman Jim Reviews
Raoul Walsh is definitely a virtuoso and has realized a true
masterpiece of the 7th art in every respect, it is an elegant film and
wonderfully realized by this great master of the cinema, the film is
also the representation and the incarnation of the American dream of
the time. This film was also and wonderfully served by the masterful
interpretation of Errol Flynn which deploys all his charisma and all
the elegance of his character, his ardor and his sympathy splashes the
screen of his whole class representing the life of the boxer James J.
Corbett, of which Raoul Walsh was inspired. Superb scenes of
unforgettable pugilates will also be of a purity. This masterpiece of
cinema will forever be eternal for all the wonderful points I have just
written, a film to discover or rediscover. In conclusion; For me it's
one of the best boxing movies ever made by Hollywood, an unforgettable
film both for its realization, its incredibly beautiful interpretation
of an unforgettable Errol Flynn.
Shows very well how Corbett revolutionised the sport. Before it was pretty much a brawl or slugfest. He used his speed to dodge and wear down opponents, and made it more tactical.
Reasonably accurate, historically. Some of the sub-plots are thrown in for entertainment value and can be a bit silly at times.
Great performance by Errol Flynn in the lead role. Good support from Alexis Smith.
If the movie has any weakness, it's that there doesn't seem like the odds are ever against Corbett. He never really faces any obstacle that makes you wonder if he can overcome it (even when you know a character will win against the odds, it's always good when a movie can really leave you wondering). Even the climactic fight with Sullivan seems rather one-sided. True, Sullivan was past his prime by this point, and the match is pretty accurately portrayed, but still, things come a bit too easily for there to be any effective dramatic tension.