Meet the pugilist who packs the perfect punch.... Boxing and gangsters.... Gangsters and boxing.... You know, I really wonder how often that this particular scenario was used as a film's storyline back in the 1930's.... I'll bet you that it was probably more common than we realize.
Anyway - I seem to be in a pretty generous mood today - And because of that I'm actually going to give 1937's "Kid Galahad" a 3-star rating.... Yeah. I'm in such a good mood that even though I strongly dislike actress Bette Davis (I really do) - In this particular picture about boxing and gangsters, I actually didn't mind her presence so much (for a change).
And, even though Kid Galahad's story about gangsters and boxing was clearly on the predictable and, yes, corny side - And the inevitable elements of revenge and double-cross soon became the sole focus of the action - This picture about boxing and gangsters and gangsters and boxing was OK, in my books.
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“Kid Galahad” is one of those old boxing movies that deals with corrupt matches, a quadrangle romance situation (more complicated than a ménage a trois), jealousy, and revenge. The lead stars are Edward G. Robinson as the fight manager and Bette Davis as his girlfriend. The second page of credits is headed by Humphrey Bogart whose name is bigger than those on the remainder of the page. While Bogart’s role is limited, there is a scene which reminds me of Sam Spade of "The Maltese Falcon" on the phone. This is a fun movie that keeps the audience emotionally involved.
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