|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
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
|Series||Errol Flynn signature collection ; v. 2.|
Corbett, James J.,
Sullivan, John Lawrence, -- 1858-1918 -- Drama.
Boxers (Sports) -- United States -- Biography -- Drama.
Boxing -- Drama.
Families -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Family in motion pictures.
Man-woman relationships in motion pictures.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :Distributed by Warner Home Video,2007
|Edition||Full screen ed.|
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)
Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, John Loder, William Frawley, Minor Watson, Ward Bond, Medeleine LeBeau, Rhys Williams, Arthur Shields, Dorothy Vaughan.
Director of photography, Sid Hickox ; editing, Jack Killifer ; musical direction, Leo F. Forbstein.
Not rated by MPAA.
English dialogue, English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
"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.
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono., dual-layer.
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.