Gentleman Jim

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Northland Public Library Audio Video Drama GENTLEMAN (DVD)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Audio Video
Call Number  Drama GENTLEMAN (DVD)
Maybe Errol Flynn was never the war hero that he often played, but he was a capable boxer, and Gentleman Jim makes full use of this skill. Flynn stars as Jim Corbett, the 19th-century American pugilist who introduced "scientific" methods to bare-knuckle boxing. Originally an office clerk, Corbett is introduced to the then-illegal sport of fighting when one of the bank executives sponsors the young man's training at the Olympic Club. His arrogance wins Corbett a few enemies, including high-born lady Victoria Ware (Alexis Smith), whose dislike turns to casual affection when she realizes that Corbett is a sincere young fellow who can back up his boasts. What "Gentleman Jim" desires most in life is a match with reigning heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan (Ward Bond). Corbett and Sullivan finally meet in a bout governed by those new Marquis of Queensbury rules that Corbett has helped popularize. Twenty-one epoch-making rounds later, Corbett emerges victorious. At the victory celebration, Sullivan and Corbett graciously exchange mutual words of respect and affection. At this point, Corbett has totally won over the lovely Victoria -- but hasn't quite convinced his brawling brothers that "scientific" boxing is the wave of the future, and the film ends with a typical Raoul Walsh-directed battle royal. More faithful to the facts than most Errol Flynn biopics (but still with enough poetic license to drive historical purists up a wall), Gentleman Jim is broad, boisterous entertainment. Though it looks expensive, the film was made under Warner Bros.' standard pinchpenny restrictions; if you look closely at that moored ship where Corbett has one of his first professional fights, you'll notice that it's a leftover set from the 1940 Errol Flynn swashbuckler The Sea Hawk. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Additional Information
Series Errol Flynn signature collection ; v. 2.
Subjects Corbett, James J., -- 1866-1933 -- Drama.
Sullivan, John Lawrence, -- 1858-1918 -- Drama.
Boxers (Sports) -- United States -- Biography -- Drama.
Boxing -- Drama.
Families -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Feature films.
Boxing films.
Biographical films.
Family in motion pictures.
Man-woman relationships in motion pictures.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Love stories.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Distributed by Warner Home Video,2007
Edition Full screen ed.
Contributors Walsh, Raoul, 1887-1980.
Buckner, Robert.
Lawrence, Vincent, 1890-1946.
McCoy, Horace, 1897-1955.
Flynn, Errol, 1909-1959.
Smith, Alexis, 1921-1993.
Carson, Jack, 1910-1963.
Hale, Alan, 1892-1950.
Bond, Ward, 1903-1960.
Turner Entertainment Co.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
Warner Bros. Entertainment.
First National Pictures, Inc.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Participants/Performers Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, John Loder, William Frawley, Minor Watson, Ward Bond, Medeleine LeBeau, Rhys Williams, Arthur Shields, Dorothy Vaughan.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Sid Hickox ; editing, Jack Killifer ; musical direction, Leo F. Forbstein.
Audience Not rated by MPAA.
Language English
English dialogue, English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Notes "Based on the life of James J. Corbett."
Originally released as a motion picture in 1942.
Special features: "Warner night at the movies 1942" short subjects gallery: vintage newsreel, sports shorts "Shoot yourself some golf" (with Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman) and "The right timing," classic cartoon "Foney fables," trailers of Gentlman Jim and 1942's "The male animal;" audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation with Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith and Ward Bond.
System Details DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer.
Description 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1419847481
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