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Anniversary Series - Golden Boy - 75th Anniversary
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Born in Brooklyn in 1907, Barbara Stanwyck was a Hollywood superstar for over six decades. Experience one of her greatest films ever, Golden Boy. 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 paly 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 Waterfront), Joseph Calleia (Touch 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 to be the greatest movie ever.
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
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Rouben Mamoulian's film version has 21-year-old Bill Holden in his first credited role. Bill was almost fired early on because of mediocre work but Barbara Stanwyck intervened. Success here established him as a star and gave Holden the nickname 'Golden Boy.'
Among the uncrediteds:
James 'Cannonball' Green as MSG opponent 'Chocolate Drop' also cameoed in ROCKY IV (1985).
Dorothy Comingore (spectator). A refusal to state party affiliation to the House Un-American Activities Committee ended her career in 1951. Dorothy's most famous role: the alcoholic second wife of CITIZEN KANE (1941).
Heavyweight boxer Tommy Garland. His 65th and last fight occurred around the time this production began shooting.
Robert Sterling (elevator boy) was ghostly George Kirby on TV's TOPPER.
Syd Saylor (ringsider next to Pa) was comic sidekick in dozens of westerns and the 2nd Bozo the Clown on L.A.'s KTTV Ch. 11.
Cy Schindell (fighter), villain in 35 Three Stooges comedies. He died in 1948 of complications from jungle rot contracted while serving in WWII.
Lee Phelps (ring announcer) had primarily bit parts in 625 films between 1917 and '51, including a bartender in GONE WITH THE WIND (1939).
From seven decades distance, the clichéd plot of 'Golden Boy" and some of its dialogue go beyond melodrama, landing squarely in the corn bin. Joe Bonaparte, a first generation Italian-American, is torn between his love of music and an urgency to "be" somebody and to make big money. Joe abandons the violin to become a boxer but immediately regrets the decision, and not just because he's disappointed his papa. An unscrupulous promoter and manipulative girlfriend keep Joe in the ring, and when a gangster buys his contract and schedules a Madison Square Garden bout, it leads to tragedy. (This final boxing sequence is the film's highlight.)
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(6.9) Golden Boy (1939) - Bill Holden/Barbara Stanwyck/Adolphe Menjou/Lee J. Cobb/Joseph Calleia/Sam Levene/Edward Brophy