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Most Touching Scene
I guess the reason I keep looking at this film is because of Ward Bond's touching scene where by he hands over his championship belt to Corbett. I not much for crying during a movie but this scene really got to me. They just don't make them like this anymore!
- kevin sellers
Considering that the screenwriters failed to come up with much of a story (brash boxer wins every fight he's in and gets the girl at the end) and that most of the acting is sub par and most of the sets are back lot cheesy, it's a tribute to Raoul Walsh's fast paced direction and handling of the fight scenes and Errol Flynn's charm and likability in the title role that this tired biopic is even moderately entertaining. Give it a C plus. P.S. Yes, I cried at the scene where Ward Bond hands the title belt to Flynn.
response to jeff/
- kevin sellers
In his post of 9-24-16, which you can read below, Jeff wrote that after WW2 the U.S. "maintained...the status...of being the first good winner of a war." Now I may be a troll but unlike Jeff I am not an idiot. You cannot "maintain" the status of being the first at something because if you are the first to do something then no maintenance is required.It's already done and cannot be undone.Therefore, Jeff's statement makes no sense. It is also incorrect. Before there was a United States Britain had already behaved quite decently toward the French following the Seven Years War as had Sweden toward the Hapsburg Empire following the 30 Years War, and the Dutch toward Spain following the Dutch Rebellion. Yes I may spend a lot of time in the TCM User Review bubble.
When Errol Flynn and his close friend Raoul Walsh got together, you could be sure of a Great movie. Flynn Hated working with Michael Curtis, especially after Charge Of The Light Brigade, a great film, but at a terrible cost in injuries to cast and horses. Its been said Errol Flynn, didn't have any confidence in his films or his opportunities to break of character and wanted to do some what he called, real acting. He shines in this one. You can tell hes having a great time, and it seems everyone else is to. Theres a lot of blarney (fiction) here but who cares. The fight scenes are done in such away, that anyone can watch, without gaging at the realities of what this kind of boxing was really all about. My wife watched with tears in her eyes, when John L. and Gentleman Jim shake hands. One of Ward Bonds best. Now that's real acting Mr. Flynn.
Sellers: troll on a roll
- Jeff Boston
I checked out "Gentleman Jim" due to TCM playing it on 3-27 at 12:15 pm (EST). How did Kevin Sellers know about my 3-26 post? I reasonably assume it is due to his living on the TCM website and for the User Reviews section. Kevin, you once again misread my post. I said "maintained" because America's unique stance in treating its enemies with forgiveness and looking forward to the future did not start with WW2, which you wrote in your 3-25 post. Such an idea and acting on it started well before that, unlike other prevailing countries at war throughout world history, with a good example being what the victors of WW1 did over our country's objection. Time to get outside and breath in some fresh air, Kevin. Trolls need fresh air, too.
The Corbetts are at it again!
- Jeff Boston
Hollywood gave the Father of Modern Boxing a nice tribute with a wonderful film. Many great scenes, and some good lines as well, especially that it's tough to be a good loser, but more tough to be a good winner. So true. "Gentleman Jim" was made after our country "entered the ring" in WW2, and our forefathers fought bravely, swift on their feet with keen thinking, jarring jabs, and knockout punches. With firm resolve, we defeated determined foes, then mindfully maintained the sterling status of being the world's first good winner of a war.
Riotous, Underrated Classic
Although largely fictionalized, this high energy, feel good "biography" of James J. Corbett represents Errol Flynn at the peak of his career as a performer. It is also representative of director Raoul Walsh's ability to make a fun, loving, at times rambunctious production, chockful of engaging characters and broad but endearing comedy. Flynn's aggressive charm was probably never better utilized than as the ambitious 1890s boxer on the rise, determined to become heavyweight champion of the world. And, as heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan, Ward Bond is loud, abrasive and suitably in the viewer's face. The film is riotously funny, at times, and never makes a false move, right up to the sentimental but highly effective final scene between a modest Corbett and a humbled but proud Sullivan.
- movte buff
Would love to see this film in the near future.Errol Flynn was superb.Great family film.Feel - good movie.
- george snedker
errol's great as james j corbett in wonderlul fun bio,great period flavour ward bond terrific as the great john l sullivan.
Portrait of a Boxing Legend.
- Frank Harris Horn
Errol Flynn was given an opportunity to show off his boxing skills as he starred in the title role in Raoul Walsh's biographical drama on the life of James J. Corbett a.k.a. Gentleman Jim (1866-1933). Flynn gives one of the best performances of his career since Robin Hood, as Corbett, he prepares to become a professional boxer as he challenges the heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan (1858-1918), magnificently portrayed by Ward Bond. Beautiful Alexis Smith makes her second film appearance with Flynn, a perfect leading lady since Olivia de Havilland. Also starring Jack Carson, Alan Hale, John Loder, William Frawley, Minor Watson, Madeleine LeBeau, Arthur Shields, Rhys Williams, Dorothy Vaughan & Mary Gordon.
Errol Flynn's Best Movie
I watched Gentleman Jim last night on my 52 inch LCD screen. The film really came to life for me. Flynn was truly enjoying himself in this role. It was made for him. And it was in my opinion his best performance. It takes agood actor to bring a character like Corbet to life.The movie was fast paced and entertaining and is one of the best movies ever made.Great supporting cast.A classic!
Gentleman Jim (1942)
- Jay Higgins
This is a really great and overlooked film. This is Errol Flynn's best performance and Ward Bond is the best among the excellent supporting cast. Very well made, fine direction by Raoul Walsh. It's Flynn's film all the way.
- Jack The Hat
Weather fact or exaggeration about the life of Jim Corbet, Warner Brothers had the ability to make excelent movies and this is one of them. Worth watching over an over again.
- Michael Carlson
A uplifting and all around good sports orfamily movie!
- ernest degroff
when i first saw this movie, it put a stride in my walk, knowing that the smaller and weaker things in life sometimes have a stronger will and determination than the things that others look at as unmovable and impossible to change.