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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Hey, make up your mind. Do

you want to bet or don't you?

Shut up. You want the

cops to hear you, you mug?

Go on, you four-flusher.

Is this as close to the

place as you can take us?

Yeah, and this is too close for me.

It wouldn't look very good

in the newspapers, Charlie,

if I was caught breaking the state laws.

Which way do we go?

Right down that street, sir. Just

follow the crowd. You can't miss it.

Come on.

- Come on here, boy.

- Show them what you got.

There he is.

- Show 'em what you got.

- Come on, Mauler.

Hey, Mauler. Are you coming out,

or you gonna change your mind?

The admission is $2, mister.

What do you mean $2? It's supposed to be $1.

I haven't got time to argue. This

is a big fight. Get out of line.

Well, how do you like these guys?

What do they think this is, the opera?

What are we gonna do? Come on, let's go home.

No, wait a minute. Wait a minute.

How much money have you got?

- I have $1.30, I guess.

- All right, give me your $1.

- What're you gonna do, Jim?

- Wait right here.

- Here you are. Where's Callahan?

- Inside.

- Hey, Callahan.

- Yeah.

I wanna tip you off to something.

You see that guy over there?

- The tall fellow with no hat?

- Yeah.

Well, he's just had his pockets

picked, and he's boiling.

He says he's gonna get the cops.

You better do something about

it if you don't wanna be raided.

- Thanks.

- Quick.

Come on, get in there.

Wait a minute, wait a

minute. I didn't do anything.

Cut it out, cut it out.

Get out of there.

- What happened?

- You're in, aren't you? Come on.

Hey, Walter. Look up on the hill there.

- Do you know who that is?

- No. Who?

That's Judge Geary. He's one

of the directors of the bank.

Yeah? Let's go and stand there.

Maybe we'll get a chance to meet him.

Come on.

Come on, get this thing

started, looks like rain.

Now, Hoghead, I'm warning you. You

won't get one cent for this fight

if you choke him, bite him or

stick your thumb in his eye.

- You understand?

- Oh, yeah?

And you.

If you get your finger in his

mouth, it's your own fault.

Are you ready?

Come on. Come on, now.

Are you ready?

That a boy.

Now, fight like gentlemen.

I think I like Hoghead.

I don't know. That Mauler

looks awful big to me.

It's an outrage. That's what

it is, a scandalous outrage.

I don't know what San Francisco's coming to.

A decent, sport-minded man

can't even go to a dog fight

without being humiliated

by these crazy state laws.

Then why don't you change the laws, Judge?

Because you big, muscle-bound

tramps from the Barbary Coast

have killed the fight game.

But mark my words, all of you,

there'll be some changes made in this town.

How do you mean, Judge?

The Olympic Club, young fellow.

It stands for good, clean sport,

and if we can't go to see fights,

then by Godfrey we'll put them on ourselves.

Do you mean with paid

fighters, professionals?


We brought a great instructor

from England, Harry Watson,

who taught the Prince of Wales.

We'll take in a few clean-cut

boys from good families,

and if we can't make you

fighters into gentlemen,

we'll try to make some

gentlemen into fighters.

Hey, listen.

Do you know what the Mauler told me

about you coming over in the wagon?

He said you were a big yellow bag of wind,

he could lick you anytime,

any place, anywhere.

- Oh, he did, huh?

- Yeah, but don't tell him I told you.

Stand back, fellas. Give him some room now.

Let's have plenty of room.

That's it. All right, boys.

Come on now, get in there and fight.

Hey, hey, Jim.

If the bank hears about this,

we'll lose our jobs, sure.

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