The Joe Louis Story

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Coley Wallace plays the title role in The Joe Louis Story. Told in flashback, the film recounts the pugilistic career of "the Brown Bomber" from the early 1930s to his misguided comeback attempt opposite Rocky Marciano in 1951. The film's high point is Louis' defeat of Germany's Max Schmeling; its low point (dramatically, not quality-wise) is the breakup of Louis's marriage. Evidently for legal reasons, most of the character names in the film are fictional. Many of the fight scenes are culled from footage of the real Louis in action. Though the "race" angle in The Joe Louis Story is downplayed, Louis is treated on an equal par with the white characters, which resulted in the film being banned in certain Southern regions back in 1953.

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Coley Wallace
as Joe Louis
Hilda Simms
as Marva Louis
Paul Stewart
as Tad McGeehan
James Edwards
as Chappie Blackburn
John Marley
as Mannie Seamon
Dotts Johnson
as Julian Black
Evelyn Ellis
as Mrs. Barrow
Carl Rocky Latimer
as Arthur Pine
John Marriott
as Sam Langford
Isaac Jones
as Johnny Kingston
Royal Beal
as Mike Jacobs
Buddy Thorpe
as Max Schmeling
Ralph Stanley
as Nick, the Announcer
Anita Ellis
as Herself - Nightclub Vocalist
Herb Ratner
as Newspaper man
David Kurlan
as Bartender
Norman Rose
as Lieutenant
Josef Draper
as (uncredited)
Ossie Davis
as Bob (uncredited)
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  • Dec 31, 2018
    With all the excitement of cold toast, this Hollywood style biopic features an actor playing Louis throughout the piece, but cuts to footage of the real guy when it comes time to feature the fighting - which is the sole reason to endure this lifeless "homage". Of course, the story, blandly told, might be of interest to fight fans nonetheless ...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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