Kid Galahad

Synopsis: When he completes his military service Walter Gulick returns to his birthplace, Cream Valley, New York. He was orphaned as an infant and grew up elsewhere but always wanted to return to where he was from. He hopes to be a mechanic but soon after his arrival finds himself working as a sparring partner at a boxing camp. Having lost all of his money in a crap game, Walter is happy to take any kind of work but a devastating right hook sends him down a different path. Willy Grogan thinks he has a winner in Walter who, after helping a lady out, is dubbed Kid Galahad. Willy is a likable man but gambles too much and may have been a witness to a mobster's conversation that would best be forgotten. As Walter gains more success, and falls in love with Willy's sister Rose, Willy Grogan finds himself coming under pressure from mobsters to make Walter takes a dive at his next big fight.
Genre: Drama, Musical, Sport
Director(s): Phil Karlson
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
95 min

Thanks, Mac.

Okay, now try it.

What did you do?

The high-tension lead from the coil

had jumped off the distributor, that's all.

You think they might be able to use

a mechanic around here?

I just park the truck here, Mac.

You have to talk to Prohosko.

He don't open until 8:00.

What's the matter with you?

There ain't nothing the matter with me.

Look. See?

Bag of sunbeams every morning.

- Where's Willy?

- He went shopping in the village.

At 7:
30 in the morning, he goes shopping?

Well, he says it improves his credit

at Sperling's market.

You see, later in the day

the old man gets tired, and he can be tough.

- Lew, I asked you what's wrong.

- Please, Dolly...

I got 10 human tigers out there

waiting for my fatherly advice.

You know, there ain't nothing worse than a

suspicious dame first thing in the morning.

I'm sorry to barge in like this, ma'am,

but I couldn't get the bell to work.

That's the way it's supposed to be, soldier.

It keeps the guests from throwing punches

at the wrong time.

It's a nice place, you know. Real nice.

- Where?

- Here.

That's what I thought you said.

I was wondering if I could see Mr. Grogan.

He isn't here right now.

Are you a fighter?

No, ma'am. I just got out of the army,

and just happened to drop by.

I see.

Well, he should be back pretty soon.

You want a cup of coffee?

If it wouldn't be too much trouble,

yes, ma'am.

- Sugar?

- Thank you.

I guess I did gulp it down in a hurry,

didn't I?

Either you gulped it down in quite a hurry...

or you're the first two-legged horse

I've seen this year.

How long has it been

since you've had a meal?

It's not like that, ma'am. Honest. I just...

I got in town kind of early this morning.

There was nothing open.

Don't apologize.

Okay, soldier, come on.

The one thing about keeping chickens,

you never run out of breakfast.

You got some food for the army, Maynard?


Are things that tough at the Pentagon?

- Sit down.

- Thank you.

Thank you.

I'd hate to tell you how long it's been

since anybody did that for me.

There was a captain I knew in the army

used to do it for his wife all the time.

How about some eggs?

Yes, ma'am. Just any style at all. Thank you.

- What's your name, soldier?

- Walter Gulick.

You know, as nice and homey

as this place is...

I thought maybe you were a...

- Mrs. Grogan?

- That's what I was getting at.

Well, not yet, Walter.

You see, actually, I'm Mr. Grogan's fiance.

You haven't told me

why you wanted to see Mr. Grogan.

Well, for one reason,

I could use a job for a few days.

Fresh out of the army and dead broke?

I'm afraid that's about the size of it.

You see, I got in a crap game

with my separation pay...

and it got separated from me, you know.

- How do you happen to know Mr. Grogan?

- Well, I don't really.

It's a funny thing, though,

all my life I've always wanted to come here.


- To Cream Valley?

- Oh, yes.

- I've thought about it quite a lot.

- I see.

Well, I don't want to sound cynical

or anything, Walter, but why?

- Well, I was born here in Cream Valley.

- You're kidding.

Nobody was born in Cream Valley,

except Rip Van Winkle.

And occasionally you see a robin's egg.

My mother and father are buried here.

- I'm sorry.

- That's me and my folks there.

I was only 14 months old

when they passed away.

I was raised in Lowbridge, Kentucky,

with an aunt.

Oh, Kentucky, well.

Of course, my stopping off here

doesn't mean...

that I don't have plans for what I want to do.

All the time I was working in that motor pool

in Okinawa...

I was just looking forward

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William Fay

William George "Willie" Fay (12 November 1872 – 27 October 1947) was an actor and theatre producer who was one of the co-founders of the Abbey Theatre.Fay was born in Dublin, where he attended Belvedere College. He worked for a time in the 1890s with a touring theatre company in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. When he returned to Dublin, he worked with his brother Frank, staging productions in halls around the city. Finally, they formed W. G. Fay's Irish National Dramatic Company, focused on the development of Irish acting talent. The brothers participated in founding the Abbey Theatre and were largely responsible for evolving the Abbey style of acting. After a falling-out with the Abbey directors in 1908, the brothers emigrated to the United States to work in theatre there.He moved to London in 1914, working as an actor on stage and in films. One of his most notable film roles was as Father Tom in Carol Reed's Belfast-set Odd Man Out (1947), whose cast was dense with actors from the Abbey Theatre. His memoir, The Fays of the Abbey Theatre, appeared in 1935. Willie Fay died in London in 1947, aged 74. more…

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