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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.