Kid Galahad

Synopsis: When a bellhop knocks out fighter Chuck McGraw, promoter Nick Donati realizes he's a potential champ. "Kid Galahad" justifies Nick's confidence, but Nick's mistress Fluff falls for him; in turn, the Kid falls for Nick's young sister. Now overprotective brother Nick turns against his new fighter, leading to a near- disastrous title fight and a murderous confrontation.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 win & 1 nomination.
102 min

SIow down! SIow down!

Keep away from him.

Burke, use that Ieft!

SIow down, wiII you?

He saw that signaI.

He's seen aII of them.

When did he start getting the idea

he couId outsIug McGraw?

Maybe he's dazed.

Oh, dazed nothing.

He's had his orders for weeks.

Four, five...

...six, seven, eight...

...nine, ten.

When he wakes up,

teII him he's through.

You don't mean that, Nick.

-I mean it pIenty.

-Come on, FIuff, Iet's go.

-Oh, now, Nick, you keep your temper.

You're crazy to dump him now

after you brought him this far.

He's stiII good for a shot at the titIe.

You're throwing away a miIIion doIIars.

One Iicking

don't make him a preIiminary again.

I wouIdn't care if he was champ now.

When any guy starts thinking he has

the brains and stops taking orders, he's out.

-Come on, FIuff.

-WeII, we couId swim after that spIash.

We'II have to start Iooking

for a new fighter.


-It's getting to be a reguIar routine.

-That's the way it goes.

Bring up a guy above his IeveI,

he gets to thinking he knows it aII...

-...and gets thrown fIatter than goId Ieaf.

-That's fIat.

I'm gonna meet a guy that can go

the whoIe distance and Iisten to orders.

I'II make him champ.

Did it ever occur to you that maybe

Burke didn't wanna be champion?

Where did you get that idea?

He's faIIen for a girI.

Maybe he wants to quit and get married.

How do you know?

Just watching him

deveIop the symptoms.

WeII, I didn't notice anything.

Married? WeII, that's the craziest--

PeopIe stiII beIieve in it.

Nick, you don't notice a Iot of things.

You're so wrapped up in the game...

...that, weII, you forget

peopIe have feeIings and are human.

There isn't any room

for feeIings in this game.

A fighter's a machine, not a vioIin pIayer.

Say, maybe I kind of forget you

once in a whiIe.

-Or do I?


Quite often.

I'm a mug for treating you the way I do.


Am I in the doghouse?



You're sweII, FIuff.

I know everything you do for me

even if I don't say it.

You put up with a Iot,

keeping me in Iine, don't you?

It's Iike riding herd on a skyrocket.

I'm happy, Nick.

So am I.

Just you keep sIapping my ears down.

I wiII. I wasn't cIose enough tonight.

What, you mean

when I fired that paIooka?

Oh, weII, forget it.

-How much dough we Iose tonight?

-Seventeen thousand, three hundred.

-How much have we got Ieft?

-Eighteen hundred.

WeII, might as weII shoot it on a party

and start over.

Don't we aIways?




Donati has the best champagne in town.

Operator, I want Iong distance.

Give me BaItimore.

I never saw anybody drink so much

except a cameI.

I say to my wife, Signor Donati,

he Ioves to give a party.

Three days ago I shave him. Big party.

Today, haircut and another big party.

WeII, it's the same party.

What? A party three days

and three nights?

That's splendido, splendido, magnifico!

It isn't a party.

It's an endurance contest.

What are you peddIing those drinks for?

You're supposed to be enjoying yourseIf.

-Where's that beIIhop?

-He drank more than he served.

They carried him out by his heeIs.

-I'II get another one.

-Better get one with a smaII stomach, Nick.

HeIIo? Say, what's the matter

with your beIIhops?

WeII, send one up to 508, wiII you?

And be sure he's got a sober appetite.

Operator, you're cutting me off.

I'm caIIing Iong distance.


WeII, this is service.

-HeIIo, FIuff.

-Joe, wait a minute.

Nick, it's the press.

WeII, Iet it in. It won't do any harm.

Come in, Mr. TayIor.

The Iiquor is in the bathroom.

I'm Iooking for hot news this time, FIuff.

Not much chance. This gang

hasn't been out for air for three days.

No kidding.


-HeIIo, Nick.

-Oh, heIIo, Joe.

-Some ceIebration.

-They're just drinking off a hangover.

If you put on this party when you Iose,

what wouId you do if you win?

Lock you guys out

and have a cup of coffee.

-How you enjoying Miami?


What's the inside, Nick?

-On what?

-You throwing Burke away.

There isn't any inside.

Same reason I dropped the rest of them.

He got to thinking

his own brains were good enough.

Come on. That one used to be aII right.

But you had this boy

too cIose to the championship.

-There must have been more behind it.

-It's the same reason.

I'd Iike to beIieve you, but I've seen you

puII out that bag of tricks before.

Stop worrying about it

and have a drink, huh?

Oh, FIuff, take care of the gent.

WeII, I might as weII.

Here's to you.


-That's me aII over.


Excuse me. Someone wanted me?

I'II bet pIenty of them do, honey.

Mr. Donati's in there.

Thank you.

But I'm so Ionesome for you.

Mr. Donati?

What did you come up on,

the freight eIevator?

I got here as soon as I couId, sir.

I had to Iook around for your room.

-Oh, you're new around here, huh?

-Yes, sir.

I'II bet you're the mahoskus

with the dames.

-The what, sir?

-Oh, never mind, skip it.

-What's your name?

-Ward Guisenberry.

What? Gui--?

Hey, everybody, Iisten.

Come here, teII them your name.

Go on now, teII it.

Ward Guisenberry.




Listen, aII of you. Shh! If you'd aII stop

Iaughing, maybe he'd get some work done.

Come on, get back to the party.

AII right, Gooseberry,

go on and mix up some drinks.

You'II find the stuff in the bathroom.

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Seton I. Miller

Seton Ingersoll Miller (May 3, 1902 – March 29, 1974) was an American screenwriter and producer. During his career, he worked with many notable film directors such as Howard Hawks and Michael Curtiz. Miller received two Oscar nominations and won once for Best Screenplay for fantasy romantic comedy film Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) along with Sidney Buchman. more…

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