The Fighting Heart (1925)

Drama | 18 October 1925

Director:

John Ford

Writer:

Lillie Hayward

Cinematographer:

Joseph August

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The Fighting Heart was the first of ten films directed by John Ford to feature actor George O'Brien and the first of twelve films Ford directed to feature actor Victor ... More Less

The Fighting Heart was the first of ten films directed by John Ford to feature actor George O'Brien and the first of twelve films Ford directed to feature actor Victor McLaglen. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
21 Sep 1925
p. 49.
Film Daily
4 Oct 1925.
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Hamilton (OH) Daily News
5 Dec 1925
p. 8.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 October 1925
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
24 May 1925
Copyright Number:
LP21571
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,978
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Denny Bolton, who comes from a long line of men who have drunk themselves to death, discovers Soapy Williams, a tough bootlegger, selling bootleg hootch to his grandfather and gives Williams a sound thrashing. Denny's grandfather later dies, and Denny is suspected of excessive drinking, deeply feeling the scorn of his townspeople. When Doris Anderson, his sweetheart, also turns against him, Denny leaves for New York, hoping to get a chance to fight Soapy Williams, who has become the heavyweight champion. Denny gets a tryout at Flash Fogarty's gym and does well enough to be matched eventually against Williams. Helen Van Allen, an ardent follower of Williams, vamps Denny and causes him to break training. This relaxation undermines his constitution, and he loses the fight. Denny later meets Williams and Helen in front of a nightclub and, goaded by the champ's taunts, defeats him in a rough-and-tumble street fight. Denny then returns home to the welcoming arms of ... +


Denny Bolton, who comes from a long line of men who have drunk themselves to death, discovers Soapy Williams, a tough bootlegger, selling bootleg hootch to his grandfather and gives Williams a sound thrashing. Denny's grandfather later dies, and Denny is suspected of excessive drinking, deeply feeling the scorn of his townspeople. When Doris Anderson, his sweetheart, also turns against him, Denny leaves for New York, hoping to get a chance to fight Soapy Williams, who has become the heavyweight champion. Denny gets a tryout at Flash Fogarty's gym and does well enough to be matched eventually against Williams. Helen Van Allen, an ardent follower of Williams, vamps Denny and causes him to break training. This relaxation undermines his constitution, and he loses the fight. Denny later meets Williams and Helen in front of a nightclub and, goaded by the champ's taunts, defeats him in a rough-and-tumble street fight. Denny then returns home to the welcoming arms of Doris. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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