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Golden Boy (1939)

Director: Rouben Mamoulian     Starring: William Holden
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Format: DVD
Sku: 205562737
UPC: 043396229372
UPC 14: 00043396229372
Category Keywords: Family Interaction  Stage Play  Suspense  Thriller  Tragedy
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Their Romance Went the Full 15 Rounds.
In William Holden's debut performance, he plays a young violin player who wants to give up his music and become a prize fighter. His decision is a tragic one.

"...a wonderful time capsule movie which entertains.  Classic Film Guide
"This drama contrasts the sensitivity of music to the brutality of boxing and suggests that in this era of growing Fascism the use of force is becoming increasingly popular.  Sanderson Beck, Movie Mirrors

Editor's Note
In his debut performance, Holden scores as a violin prodigy who makes some extra dough on the side as a prizefighter. Not likely, but the performances make it work, particularly Stanwyck's as a corrupting influence. Tragic consequences result when she lures the golden boy from practicing his scales. Based on Odets' 1937 play. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Score.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, Black & White

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/2/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1939
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22937
Video UPC UPC: 00043396229372
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

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

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adolphe Menjou
Video Cast Info Barbara Stanwyck
Video Cast Info Lee J. Cobb
Video Cast Info William Holden
Video Cast Info Clifford Odets - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Karl Freund - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Lewis Meltzer, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Lionel Banks - Art Director
Video Cast Info Nicholas Musuraca - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Otto Meyer - Editor
Video Cast Info Rouben Mamoulian - Director
Video Cast Info Rouben Mamoulian - Producer
Video Cast Info Victor Young - Original Music By
Video Cast Info William Perlberg - Producer
Plot Summary
Talented violinist Joe Bonaparte is tempted to sacrifice his music for a career as a professional boxer. Encouraged by an unscrupulous manager and the manager's seductive girlfriend, Joe turns his back on his family and his musical education for the fame and fortune of the ring. But he finds that they cannot compensate for the loss of his violin.


Nominee (1940)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Victor Young, Best Music, Original Score

Professional Reviews

Ozus' World Movie Reviews 8 of 10
Rouben Mamoulian ("Applause"/"City Streets") directs Clifford Odets' 1937 Broadway play about a boy from the New York City ghetto who gives up his violin for boxing gloves. Though it remains heavy-handed, shopworn and stagebound, the talented Mamoulian does his best to prune the original's stilted dialogue and keep it engaging on a personal level...The handsome twenty year old William Holden in his film debut, thanks to star Barbara Stanwyck giving him her OK to studio boss Harry Cohn and continued emotional support, stands up well as the hero of the title. The melodrama survives its tiresome moral dilemmas by standing on its feet throughout and answering the final bell with stylish direction, good use of chiaroscuro lighting effects and an exciting final fight...Stanwyck sparkles as the worldly dame who knows a dozen ways to get the naive Holden to fight or play the violin. Menjou is colorful as the cynical cold-hearted manager. Calleia is delightful as the tough racketeer with an itchy trigger-finger. Despite saddled with the stiffness of Odets's flowery words, Mamoulian's film holds together even if it can't completely overcome all its cliches. - Dennis Schwartz

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Mamoulian,Rouben
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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