Golden Boy
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Golden Boy

99 min
Drama | Romance
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Rouben Mamoulian
Nominated for Oscar.
Country: USA
Release Date: 1939-09-05
Filming Locations: Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden - 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Golden Boy
Adolphe Menjou
Tom Moody
William Holden
Joe Bonaparte
Lee J. Cobb
Mr. Bonaparte
Joseph Calleia
Eddie Fuseli
Sam Levene
Edward Brophy
Roxy Lewis (as Edward S. Brophy)
Beatrice Blinn
William H. Strauss
Mr. Carp
Don Beddoe
Charles Halton
Newspaperman (scenes deleted)
Stanley Andrews
Driscoll, Fight Official (uncredited)
Gordon Armitage
Fighter (uncredited)
Earl Askam
Policeman (uncredited)
Al Bayne
Fighter (uncredited)
Don Brodie
Reporter (uncredited)
Dora Clement
Ill Ringsider Who Won't Leave (uncredited)
Irving Cohen
Ex-Pug (uncredited)
Eddie Coke
Photographer (uncredited)
Dorothy Comingore
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Onest Conley
Jimmy, Chocolate Drop's Brother (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing
Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston
Reporter Wilson (uncredited)
Tommy Garland
Fighter (uncredited)
Mickey Golden
Fighter (uncredited)
Alfred Grant
Daniel, Chocolate Drop's Older Brother (uncredited)
Joe Gray
Fighter (uncredited)
James 'Cannonball' Green
Chocolate Drop (uncredited)
Kit Guard
Ringsider (uncredited)
Sam Hayes
Broadcaster (uncredited)
Frank Jenks
Pepper White (uncredited)
Anne Kay
Fat Woman (uncredited)
John Kerns
Fighter (uncredited)
Charles Lane
Reporter Drake (uncredited)
Al Lang
Fight Second (uncredited)
Ian McEwing
Referee (uncredited)
Larry McGrath
Referee (uncredited)
Pat McKee
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Alex Melesh
Stranger (uncredited)
Frank Mills
Fight Spectator Rapidly Chewing Gum (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell
Guard (uncredited)
Roy Moore
Lucky Nelson (uncredited)
Lee Phelps
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Charles Randolph
Referee (uncredited)
Cyril Ring
Extra in Moody's New Office (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond
Chocolate Drop's Father (uncredited)
Robert Ryan
Referee (uncredited)
Syd Saylor
Ringsider Next to Pa Bonaparte (uncredited)
Cy Schindell
Fighter (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock
Reporter Saying 'That's Too Bad' (uncredited)
Robert Sterling
Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Landers Stevens
Ringsider with Ill Woman (uncredited)
Jack Stewart
Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan
Referee (uncredited)
Harry Tyler
Mickey, Pepper White's Handler (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal
Grocery Customer (uncredited)
Dave Willock
Arena Call Boy (uncredited)
John Wray
Chocolate Drop's Manager (uncredited)
Did you know?
Clifford Odets inspired his play by the story of Paul Muni when he once told Odets about how he gave up boxing because it endangered his secondary career as a violinist.
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The play originally opened in New York on 4 November 1937 and had 250 performances. Luther Adler played Joe Bonaparte, Frances Farmer played Lorna Moon and Roman Bohnen played Tom Moody. Lee J. Cobb was also in the play as Mr. Carp.
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William Holden was so grateful to Barbara Stanwyck for her insistence on casting him in Golden Boy (1939), his first big role, that he reportedly sent her flowers every year on the anniversary of the first day of the filming.
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Joe's chest is completely smooth during the big fight. Immediately after the fight, when he is dressed, he has chest hair visible at the top of his shirt.
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When Tom, Lorna and Joe leave Tom's office in the first scene, they leave the office door open. The office door gets closed in all the rest of the scenes in the film.
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In the scene where Eddie Fuseli visits the new office, Lorna is seen sitting on the desk with a half-smoked cigarette although she had no cigarette earlier in the scene. At the beginning of the scene, she was holding a snifter and shot glass. Then Siggie gives her a roll of money. Eddie walks in, Lorna sits on the corner of the desk holding the cash with both hands. 48 seconds later Eddie looks at Lorna, who is holding the money in her left hand and cigarette in her right hand which looks like it must have been lit for at least a minute when compared to the length of Eddie's just lit cigarette. Lorna was not shown getting off the desk and nobody walked over to give her a cigarette or even to light it. A moment later, Eddie and Lorna are standing next to each other and Eddie's cigarette is shorter than Lorna's even though his was lit after or at the same time as Lorna's.
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Joe Bonaparte: [Last Lines] Poppa, I've come home.
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Eddie Fuseli: This your girl?
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Lorna Moon: I'll make him fight.
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Barbara Stanwyck
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