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Champ (1931)

Director: King Vidor     Starring: Wallace Beery
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202062436
UPC: 012569523227
UPC 14: 00012569523227
Category Keywords: Recommended  Tear Jerker  Vintage
Rating: NR
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To the world, he's a loser. To his son, he's The Champ.
A has-been boxer tries to make a comeback, with only his son to inspire him.
Editor's Note
In many ways a male version of Vidor's STELLA DALLAS, THE CHAMP also works overtime on the tear ducts. Wallace Beery stars as Andy "Champ" Purcell, the former heavyweight champion, now down and out, who is kept alive by the devotion of his young son, Dink (Jackie Cooper). The champ is trying to make a comeback but continues to backslide into drinking and gambling in Tijuana dives, despite the efforts of Dink and his friends to save the boxer from himself. While gambling, the Champ does manage to win a horse, and while he and Dink are at the track, the boy runs into his mother, Linda (Irene Rich), although neither knows the other. When she speaks with the Champ, he agrees that the boy would be better off living with her and her wealthy husband, Tony (Hale Hamilton). Hiding his love behind a mask of indifference, the Champ convinces the boy to go to the country to live with his mother. But Dink can't abide the separation and runs away to rejoin his father in time for the biggest fight of his career. An unusually understated and affecting performance by Beery along with good work by Cooper erase some of the triteness of the melodrama, which must have spoken powerfully to depression-era audiences whose numbers undoubtedly included more than a few "Champs" struggling to care for their children.

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Video Features DVD, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/31/2006
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1931
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65232
Video UPC UPC: 00012569523227
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Irene Rich
Video Cast Info Jackie Cooper
Video Cast Info Roscoe Ates
Video Cast Info Wallace Beery
Video Cast Info Frances Marion - Writer
Video Cast Info Gordon Avil - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Hugh Wynn - Editor
Video Cast Info King Vidor - Director
Video Cast Info King Vidor - Producer

Awards


Oscar (1932)
Video Award Name Wallace Beery, Winner, Best Actor
Video Award Name Frances Marion, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay
   Video Award Name King Vidor, Nominee, Best Director

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Beery,Wallace
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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