Gentleman Jim

Synopsis: Because boxing is a considered an illegal and disreputable enterprise in 1880's San Francisco, wealthy and influential members of the prestigious Olympic Club vow to make the sport a "gentlemanly" one. They sponsor a brash, extroverted young bank clerk named Jim Corbett, who quickly becomes an accomplished fighter under the new Marquis of Queensbury Rules. Despite his success, the young Irish-American's social pretensions and boastful manner soon estrange him from his benefactors, who plot to give their conceited former protégé a well-deserved comeuppance. Despite this, his dazzlingly innovative footwork helps him to beat a succession of bigger and stronger men, and he finally finds himself fighting for the world's championship against his childhood idol, John L. Sullivan.
Director(s): Raoul Walsh
Production: Warner Bros.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
APPROVED
Year:
1942
104 min
23 Views


Hey. Hey, Jim.

- Did you see what I just saw?

- Yeah.

- Judge Geary, wasn't it?

- Yeah.

Gee, we're gonna get fired sure, I know it.

Looks like it.

Walter, there's only one thing to be done.

We gotta beat him to the punch.

We gotta send in our resignations.

All right, Jim, but... Gee,

do you think we ought to do it?

Sure. I've made up my mind.

To the President, Comstock Bank.

Dear Mr. Mclnnes...

So old Judge Kinsey, the toughest

man on the California bench,

took one look at me in that mob

and nearly dropped his gavel.

"By gad, sir!" he barks.

"You, a supreme court justice,

caught at a prize fight. "

Well, I can already see

the newspaper headlines.

I stood there like a chicken-thief

with a hen in each pocket.

I couldn't even open my mouth,

when all at once this young

fellow... What's his name?

- Corbett. James Corbett.

- Yeah.

Well, Corbett steps up and says,

"Your Honor, there's been

a very serious mistake.

"Judge Geary, here, is the director

of the bank in which I'm employed. "

Now Corbett says, "We were all

three down on Pacific Street

"looking at a piece of property

the bank is interested in.

"We happened to see this crowd, and

so we walked over to investigate.

"Naturally, we had no idea that

there was a prize fight going on.

"Why, people in our position would never

dream of being seen in such company. "

Says Corbett.

- So old Judge Kinsey let

you go, eh? - Scot- free.

Apologized all over the place

and gave everybody else 30 days.

You sent for me, Mr. Mclnnes?

But I want to give you this...

Yes, Corbett. I understand

you already know Judge Geary.

Yes, sir. We've met.

You did the bank a great

service last night, young man.

That was quick thinking.

We like a man who can make

good, fast decisions on his feet.

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