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Born in Brooklyn in 1907, Barbara Stanwyck was a Hollywood superstar for over six decades. And now one of her greatest films, the classic Golden Boy, comes to DVD! Newcomer William Holden became an overnight sensation in the role of a young violinist who turns to boxing and finds himself torn between his two occupations - especially when seductive Stanwyck slinks into his life. Based on the hit play by legendary Clifford Odets, directed by innovative genius Rouben Mamoulian, and featuring a superb supporting cast including Adolphe Menjou (Paths Of Glory), Lee J. Cobb (On The WaterfrontTouch Of Evil) and Sam Levene (Brute Force), Golden Boy packs just as big a punch today as it did when it came out in 1939, widely considered the greatest movie year ever.
Barbara Stanwyck purists--and who isn't one?--are in for a treat with Golden Boy, a little-seen but true gem of a hard-knocks romance. The film's pedigree is aces: Based on a play by Clifford Odets, directed by the great Rouben Mamoulian, and starring not only Stanwyck but Adolphe Menjou, Lee J. Cobb, and a fresh-faced William Holden, in his breakout screen role. The film crackles with 1939 pre-noir atmosphere, with the New Yawk guys and dames spinning slang out of the sides of their mouths.
Stanwyck sparkles as Lorna Moon, a gruff gal running around with the married Tom Moody (Menjou), a boxing promoter looking for the Next Big Thing. In walks the dreamy young Joe Bonaparte (Holden), part violin prodigy, part boxing phenom--though he doesn't look the pugilist part at first. "He's got curls, too!" sneers the scornful Moody. But Joe makes a believer out of him--and of the slinky Lorna. When fists start flying, so do the sparks. Some of the dialogue is dated (not to mention the young wife who likes being smacked around), but the snapshot of the era is spot-on, and Stanwyck, as always, steers the film to a higher ground.
Extras include a Ford Theatre TV episode, "Sudden Silence" from the mid-'50s; a cartoon, "The Kangaroo Kid"; a crazy comedy short called "Pleased to Mitt You" starring Stooge Shemp Howard (!); and other great vintage tidbits. Get ready to go 15 rounds with Golden Boy. --A.T. Hurley
Well done drama of a sensitive young violinist who turns to boxing to make money and try to climb out of a life of poverty. This was the first starring vehicle for William Holden. Read morePublished 10 months ago by dhart
Wonderful movie with Stanwyck and William Holden. He becomes a prize fighter, but realizes that boxing is ruining his hands so that he won't be able to play his violin. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Barbara Bryant
Only because it didn't play! I'm familiar with this movie and really wanted to see it. And to make matters worse... I tossed the receipt. Read morePublished 22 months ago by CARL SCHULTZ
Good movie, well acted and could not believe how different William Holden looked! So very young.....you will like it if you like 1930's quick, clipped dialoge style.Published on April 6, 2013 by Ayn