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According to a full-page color United Artists advertisement that ran in, among other magazines, the 12 Sep 1929 FD, Fanny Brice's new film with Robert Armstrong was titled It's a Pleasure. Later, the Nov 1929 issue of Close Up noted that Fanny Brice's new film's working title was The Champ.
       Marjorie "Babe" Kane's "Lola" character was based on popular singer Helen Kane, known as the "Oop-Boop-a-Doop" girl and inspiration for cartoon character "Betty Boop."
       According to the Catalog of Copyright Entries: Motion Pictures 1912-1939 , the title of Joseph Jackson's original story was "The ... More Less

According to a full-page color United Artists advertisement that ran in, among other magazines, the 12 Sep 1929 FD, Fanny Brice's new film with Robert Armstrong was titled It's a Pleasure. Later, the Nov 1929 issue of Close Up noted that Fanny Brice's new film's working title was The Champ.
       Marjorie "Babe" Kane's "Lola" character was based on popular singer Helen Kane, known as the "Oop-Boop-a-Doop" girl and inspiration for cartoon character "Betty Boop."
       According to the Catalog of Copyright Entries: Motion Pictures 1912-1939 , the title of Joseph Jackson's original story was "The Champ." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Close Up
Nov 1929
p. 436.
Film Daily
12 Sep 1929
pp. 4-5.
Film Daily
9 Mar 1930.
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New York Times
7 Mar 1930
p. 20.
Variety
12 Mar 1930
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Adpt
From and original story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Executed by
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus and lyrics
Mus arr
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"When a Woman Loves a Man," music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Billy Rose
"Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love," music and lyrics by Billy Rose and Henry Tobias
"Kicking a Hole in the Sky" and "Sasha, the Passion of the Pasha," music by Jesse Greer, lyrics by Billy Rose and Ballard MacDonald.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Champ
It's a Pleasure
Release Date:
8 February 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Joseph M. Schenk
Copyright Date:
8 February 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1098
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
6,900
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fannie, a nightclub entertainer, befriends Jerry Moore, a luckless prizefighter, and is discussing his attempts to break into the big time when McCloskey, the heavyweight champion, provokes a quarrel and lays Jerry out on the floor. Fannie induces Jerry to appoint her his manager, and after six weeks of intensive training, she warns him against his habit of claiming fouls. He promises to win his test fight and, goaded on by Fannie, finally grabs the championship from McCloskey. Fannie's chief rival, Lillian, dazzles Jerry with her attentions, and to save him, Fannie arranges a rematch with McCloskey, though Jerry has just had his nose straightened. Jerry reproaches her for the double-cross when he loses the fight, but forgives her when he realizes her ... +


Fannie, a nightclub entertainer, befriends Jerry Moore, a luckless prizefighter, and is discussing his attempts to break into the big time when McCloskey, the heavyweight champion, provokes a quarrel and lays Jerry out on the floor. Fannie induces Jerry to appoint her his manager, and after six weeks of intensive training, she warns him against his habit of claiming fouls. He promises to win his test fight and, goaded on by Fannie, finally grabs the championship from McCloskey. Fannie's chief rival, Lillian, dazzles Jerry with her attentions, and to save him, Fannie arranges a rematch with McCloskey, though Jerry has just had his nose straightened. Jerry reproaches her for the double-cross when he loses the fight, but forgives her when he realizes her motive. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Boxing, with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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