Kid Galahad (1937)

6 mins | Drama | 29 May 1937

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writer:

Seton I. Miller

Cinematographer:

Tony Gaudio

Editor:

George Amy

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Kid Galahad was first published as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (11 Apr--16 May 1936). The film's working title was The Battling Bellhop . In a HR production chart, cameraman Arthur Edeson is erroneously listed as a film editor. Edeson may have worked on the film as a photographer, but the extent of his participation in the film has not been determined. Kid Galahad marked Wayne Morris' film debut. Joe Cunningham, who plays a reporter, was a newspaper reporter-turned-actor. The 1941 Warner Bros. film, The Wagons Roll at Night , starring Humphrey Bogart, was also based on the Wallace story and United Artists made a version entitled Kid Galahad in 1962, starring Elvis Presley. Modern sources credit Heinz Roemheld and Max Steiner with the ... More Less

Kid Galahad was first published as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post (11 Apr--16 May 1936). The film's working title was The Battling Bellhop . In a HR production chart, cameraman Arthur Edeson is erroneously listed as a film editor. Edeson may have worked on the film as a photographer, but the extent of his participation in the film has not been determined. Kid Galahad marked Wayne Morris' film debut. Joe Cunningham, who plays a reporter, was a newspaper reporter-turned-actor. The 1941 Warner Bros. film, The Wagons Roll at Night , starring Humphrey Bogart, was also based on the Wallace story and United Artists made a version entitled Kid Galahad in 1962, starring Elvis Presley. Modern sources credit Heinz Roemheld and Max Steiner with the score. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Apr 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 May 37
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Mar 37
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
8 May 37
p. 42.
New York Times
27 May 37
p. 21.
Variety
2 Jun 37
p. 15.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Soledad Jiminez
Harlan Tucker
Billy Arnold
Milt Kibbee
Andre Cheron
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Kid Galahad by Francis Wallace (Boston, 1936).
SONGS
"The Moon Is in Tears Tonight," music and lyrics by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Battling Bellhop^R
Release Date:
29 May 1937
Production Date:
began late January 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 March 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7129
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
6
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3036
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bellhop Ward Guisenberry is mixing drinks at a party being thrown by boxing manager Nick Donati and his mistress, Louise Phillips, known as Fluff. When Sam McGraw, the fighter owned by gangster Turkey Morgan, insults Fluff, Ward punches him, knocking him out. To teach him a lesson, Turkey insists on a rematch between Ward and McGraw, and to avoid a conflict, Nick agrees. Ward goes along with the idea in order to earn enough money to buy a farm, although Fluff does her best to talk him out of fighting. To everyone's surprise, Ward wins the fight and has to leave town in a hurry to avoid Turkey's men. Fluff sends Ward to Nick's family's farm to hide out, despite Nick's rule that his family should never associate with anyone involved in boxing. Even Fluff has never met Nick's mother or sister Marie. Ward immediately charms Mrs. Donati and Marie, who hides her admiration by quarreling with him. When Nick learns where Ward is hiding, he quickly brings him back to the city where, now known as Kid Galahad, Ward goes on to great success as a boxer. Unaware that Fluff has fallen in love with him, Ward tells her of his love for Marie. Unselfishly, Fluff advises him to tell Marie, and realizing that she no longer loves Nick, leaves him to return to singing. Marie visits Ward in the city and they go to the nightclub where Fluff works. At the club, Ward gets into a fight with McGraw, and when reporters cover the story, Nick learns of Ward's relationship with Marie. In revenge, Nick agrees to let ... +


Bellhop Ward Guisenberry is mixing drinks at a party being thrown by boxing manager Nick Donati and his mistress, Louise Phillips, known as Fluff. When Sam McGraw, the fighter owned by gangster Turkey Morgan, insults Fluff, Ward punches him, knocking him out. To teach him a lesson, Turkey insists on a rematch between Ward and McGraw, and to avoid a conflict, Nick agrees. Ward goes along with the idea in order to earn enough money to buy a farm, although Fluff does her best to talk him out of fighting. To everyone's surprise, Ward wins the fight and has to leave town in a hurry to avoid Turkey's men. Fluff sends Ward to Nick's family's farm to hide out, despite Nick's rule that his family should never associate with anyone involved in boxing. Even Fluff has never met Nick's mother or sister Marie. Ward immediately charms Mrs. Donati and Marie, who hides her admiration by quarreling with him. When Nick learns where Ward is hiding, he quickly brings him back to the city where, now known as Kid Galahad, Ward goes on to great success as a boxer. Unaware that Fluff has fallen in love with him, Ward tells her of his love for Marie. Unselfishly, Fluff advises him to tell Marie, and realizing that she no longer loves Nick, leaves him to return to singing. Marie visits Ward in the city and they go to the nightclub where Fluff works. At the club, Ward gets into a fight with McGraw, and when reporters cover the story, Nick learns of Ward's relationship with Marie. In revenge, Nick agrees to let Ward fight the champion, even though he is not ready. He bets against Ward and suggests a strategy guaranteed to make Ward lose the fight. Fluff, however, realizes Nick's intentions and convinces him to change his plans. Ward wins the fight, and believing that he was double-crossed, Turkey shoots Nick and kills him. +

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