Golden Boy

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 205562737
UPC 043396229372
UPC 14 00043396229372
Format DVD
Keywords
Family Interaction
Stage Play
Suspense
Thriller
Tragedy
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Directors
Rouben Mamoulian
Actors
William Holden
Cast & Crew
Adolphe Menjou - Actor
Barbara Stanwyck - Actor
Clifford Odets - Based On Play By
Karl Freund - Cinematographer
Lee J. Cobb - Actor
Lewis Meltzer, et. al. - Screenplay
Lionel Banks - Art Director
Nicholas Musuraca - Cinematographer
Otto Meyer - Editor
Rouben Mamoulian - Director
Rouben Mamoulian - Producer
Victor Young - Original Music By
William Holden - Actor
William Perlberg - Producer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 22937
UPC 00043396229372
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Nominee (1940) Oscar, Victor Young, Best Music, Original Score
Reviews
ReviewSource Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Review 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Dennis Schwartz
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, Black & White
Product Attributes
Actor Mamoulian,Rouben
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Classic Film Guide ...a wonderful time capsule movie which entertains.
Sanderson Beck, Movie Mirrors 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.
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