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The Personality Kid (1934)

Approved | | Drama | 7 July 1934 (USA)
Ritzy McCarty is a fighter managed by his wife Joan, who wants him only to fight until they have the money to build a better life. However, he has other ideas.


Alan Crosland


F. Hugh Herbert (screen play), Erwin S. Gelsey (screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Ritzy McCarty
Glenda Farrell ... Joan McCarty
Claire Dodd ... Patricia Merrill
Robert Gleckler ... Gavin
Henry O'Neill ... Stephens
Thomas E. Jackson ... Rankin (as Thomas Jackson)
Arthur Vinton ... McPhail
Clarence Muse ... Shamrock
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Duncan
George Cooper ... Tiny
G. Pat Collins ... Ed (as George Pat Collins)
Al Hill ... Al


Ritzy McCarty is a fighter managed by his wife Joan, who wants him only to fight until they have the money to build a better life. However, he has other ideas.

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Release Date:

7 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Man Woman See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pat O'Brien had boxed in college at Marquette University. For this film he was trained by professional boxer Jackie Fields, who won the world welterweight championship twice. See more »


After Sullivan knocks down Ritzy in the dressing room, Ritzy goes out into the hall yelling for him. A moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall to the left in the hallway. See more »


Referenced in The Brady Bunch: The Personality Kid (1971) See more »


What Are Your Intentions?
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the nightclub when Rankin and Ritzy go outside to talk
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Listen to the little woman
26 November 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Personality Kid is an apt title for this boxing movie in that it takes the combined personalities of Pat O'Brien and Glenda Farrell to put this one over. Especially in this case Glenda Farrell.

O'Brien plays a club fighter of no particular noticeable talent except for some fancy footwork. Farrell doubles as both his wife and manager and she does the best she can with what she has to work with. O'Brien however gets a swelled head and that leads to all kinds of problems.

O'Brien also catches the attention of society artist Claire Dodd and she comes between O'Brien and Farrell. In the end though Dodd proves to have a bit more character than you originally think. .

Some problems with the story line which is a bit incredulous keep this from being more than a B picture filler which Warner Brothers intended it to be. Still the stars are the ones who put this over.

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