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The Kid from Kokomo (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 23 May 1939 (USA)
A fight promoter finds his fighter, Wayne Morris, in the sticks, a country hick left by his mother when he was young and he won't leave his home as he is still waiting for her to return to ... See full summary »


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Richard Macaulay, Dalton Trumbo (story "Broadway Cavalier") | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... William Jennings 'Billy / 'Square Shooting Murph' Murphy
Wayne Morris ... Homer Baston
Joan Blondell ... Doris Harvey
May Robson ... Margaret 'Maggie' / 'Ma' Manell
Jane Wyman ... Marian Bronson
Stanley Fields ... Muscles Malone
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Curley Bender
Sidney Toler ... Judge William 'Gashouse' Bronson
Edward Brophy ... Eddie Black (as Ed Brophy)
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Bronson
Morgan Conway ... Louie, a 50% Owner
John Ridgely ... Sam, a 50% Owner
Ward Bond ... Ladislaw Klewicki
Paul Hurst ... First Old Man in Fistfight


A fight promoter finds his fighter, Wayne Morris, in the sticks, a country hick left by his mother when he was young and he won't leave his home as he is still waiting for her to return to him. promoter, Pat o'brien cons him into coming with him by telling him the exposure in the papers will help him find her. O'brien later hires an old drunk woman, the great May Robson, to play the part of "mom". Written by dictracy23

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Comedy | Romance








Release Date:

23 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Cavalier 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?


This film's earliest documented USA telecasts took place in Tucson AZ Tuesday 18 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), and in Bellingham WA Monday 24 September 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12); it first aired in Boston Thursday 18 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Albuquerque Saturday 20 October 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Indianapolis 24 November 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), and in Miami Thursday 4 April 1957 on WTVJ (Channel 4). See more »


The end credits list May Robson's character's last name as "Martin" but she is called "Manell" in the film. See more »


Muscles Malone: Hey, what is this, what's going on?
Doris Harvey: That's the judge who threw me in the clink for doing my bubble dance.
William Jennings 'Billy: What's the difference? He'll never know you with your clothes on.
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23 January 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Silly bit of nonsense is played lightly by pros. Certainly the plot was old hat even in 1939 but it's breezily presented.

Wayne Morris pretty much reprises his Kid Galahad character here but he is appealingly earnest and a young Jane Wyman in one of the numerous programmers she churned out that year is fresh and flip. They make a cute couple.

The real enjoyment comes from the fantastic cast of characters that populate this. Pat O'Brien in full on slickster mode. The divine Joan Blondell as a former bubble dancer and wised up gal and the great May Robson, playing another version of Apple Annie, are completely charming. The rest of the cast is filled out with familiar faces doing what they do best. As long as you realize its a B this is a fun undemanding pastime.

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