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Kid Galahad (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Sport | 29 August 1962 (USA)
After completing his military service, Walter Gulick takes a job as a sparring partner at a gym, the owner of which sees potential in Walter as a professional fighter and takes him under his wing.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

William Fay (screenplay), Francis Wallace (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Walter Gulick
Gig Young ... Willy Grogan
Lola Albright ... Dolly Fletcher
Joan Blackman ... Rose Grogan
Charles Bronson ... Lew Nyack
David Lewis ... Otto Danzig
Robert Emhardt ... Maynard
Liam Redmond ... Father Higgins
Judson Pratt ... Howie Zimmerman
Ned Glass ... Max Lieberman
George Mitchell ... Harry Sperling
Roy Roberts ... Jerry Bathgate
Michael Dante ... Joie Shakes
Richard Devon ... Marvin
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Ralphie (as Jeffrey Morris)
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Storyline

When he completes his military service Walter Gulick returns to his birthplace, Cream Valley, New York. He was orphaned as an infant and grew up elsewhere but always wanted to return to where he was from. He hopes to be a mechanic but soon after his arrival finds himself working as a sparring partner at a boxing camp. Having lost all of his money in a crap game, Walter is happy to take any kind of work but a devastating right hook sends him down a different path. Willy Grogan thinks he has a winner in Walter who, after helping a lady out, is dubbed Kid Galahad. Willy is a likable man but gambles too much and may have been a witness to a mobster's conversation that would best be forgotten. As Walter gains more success, and falls in love with Willy's sister Rose, Willy Grogan finds himself coming under pressure from mobsters to make Walter takes a dive at his next big fight. Written by garykmcd

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Elvis Comes Out Swingin' Like You've Never Seen Him Before! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harte Fäuste, heiße Liebe See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,750,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In its opening weekend, film reached place 9. See more »

Goofs

At about the 45 minute mark into the film and after the "first" professional fight. Galahad knocks out the more intimidating opponent. The ref's count was extremely fast...but as soon as he counted "...ten" and waved his hands signifying the bout was over, the defeated opponent was hurriedly getting up after being "knocked out" See more »

Quotes

Willy Grogan: [as he sees Galahad driving off with his sister Rose in the red Model T car] Hey! Why did she have to go off in that beet-juice jalopy with him?
Dolly Fletcher: You're asking me?
Willy Grogan: She could've gone with Maynard and Lew, couldn't she?
Dolly Fletcher: Oh, Willy, when you're 21 and you look like Rose, you don't have to ride with Lew and Maynard.
Willy Grogan: What's that supposed to mean?
Dolly Fletcher: You want diagrams?
Willy Grogan: Now, look, Dolly...
Dolly Fletcher: That's just what I'm going to do... look at Maynard's corned beef. I promised I'd put a low flame under it.
[...]
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Referenced in Into the Night (1985) See more »

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King of the Whole Wide World
Written by Ruth Batchelor & Bob Roberts
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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Elvis In The Ring
30 November 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The old Warner Brothers classic boxing story Kid Galahad was dusted off and rewritten to suit the Sixties and the talents of Elvis Presley. The man that's named Kid Galahad for the ring not only throws a mean punch, but he sings pretty good too.

Elvis is a soldier fresh out of the army and broke and arrives at Gig Young's training camp looking for any kind of work. The only work that Young has available is for a sparring partner and Elvis does more than spar. He flattens a heavyweight contender and Young's found himself a new prospect.

He needs one because he's into the bookies big time. And a couple of syndicate torpedoes working for gangster David Lewis have taken up residence at the camp. All this is dismaying girlfriend Lola Albright and sister Joan Blackman who Elvis takes a fancy to.

As is usual with Elvis films, manager Colonel Tom Parker got the best talent he could to support the King. Besides those names Robert Emhardt plays the camp cook and up and coming movie legend Charles Bronson plays Elvis's trainer. And you'll see a lot of familiar Hollywood faces as you do in all his films.

Not only the cast, but director Phil Karlson one of the best directors of noir ever, took charge. The scenes with the gangsters show Karlson's steady hand.

Oddly enough Elvis had no real hit songs come out of Kid Galahad, but makes up for it with one of his best acting jobs on screen. For fans of the King.


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