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|LIFE OF JIMMY DOLAN, THE (director: Archie Mayo; screenwriters: from the play Bertram Millhauser and Beulah Marie Dix/David Boehm/Erwin S. Gelsey; cinematographer: Arthur Edeson; editor: Herbert I. Leeds; music: Cliff Hess; cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Jimmy Dolan), Loretta Young (Peggy), Aline MacMahon (Auntie), Guy Kibbee (Phlaxer), Lyle Talbot (Doc Wood), Fifi D?Orsay (Budgie), John Wayne (Smith), Mickey Rooney (Freckles), George Meeker (Magee), Shirley Grey (Goldie West), Sammy Stein (King Cobra); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal B. Wallis; Warner Bros.; 1933)|
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
It was remade as They Made Me A Criminal in 1939 by
Berkeley. Director Archie Mayo ("The Petreified
in Casablanca") keeps
fast-paced, its best
asset. The boxing scenes were dreadful. It's based on
play by Bertram
Dix and written by David Boehm and Erwin S. Gelsey.
After winning the
championship in NYC Jimmy Dolan (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.),
to keep-up his phony squeaky-clean image, tells the
press he will spend
a quiet evening with his fictitious mom. Instead he
gets drunk partying
with his loose-living girlfriend Goldie
girlfriend Budgie (Fifi D?Orsay) brings along a date who is a
Meeker ), and
doesn't know this he blabs that the public are suckers
him. When the reporter threatens to print that in his
revealing him as a phony, he punches the reporter and
him out cold. His crooked manager Doc Wood (Lyle Talbot) steals the champ's girl,
his dough and
watch and goes on the lam, not wanting to be
implicated in the murder.
away with Goldie and leaving Jimmy
alone to face the music their getaway car has a
crashes, burning Goldie and Doc beyond recognition.
Because Doc was
wearing Jimmy's watch, the police assume Jimmy is
dead. The only one
who knows it's not the champ is disgraced detective
(Guy Kibbee), because the watch is not
southpaw's right hand. Phlaxer
has been assigned the morgue detail after sending an
innocent man to
the electric chair, and the other cops just laugh at
Meantime the champ changes
name to Jack Dougherty and hops a train to the
country, and ends up
looking like tramp and working on a farm run by
Peggy (Loretta Young) and her aunt (Aline MacMahon). The ladies
keep the farm
as a home for crippled children, and when needing
money to keep it
afloat Jack starts boxing. When Jack fights King Cobra
his picture in the local newspaper reaches Phlaxer.
comes to the boxing match and watches the champ stay
up for enough
rounds against King Cobra to save the children's
home. Phlaxer observes
champ is a changed a man and decides to let him go.
film was popular with the public. John Wayne has a
as a boxer knocked out by King Cobra. A 12-year-old
Mickey Rooney is
one of the children in the home.
REVIEWED ON 5/26/2010 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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