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Ex-Champ(1939)

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Once a tri-state boxing champ, Tom Gunner Grey has grown old but lives on the glories of his past. He has been both mother and father to his daughter Joan and son Jeff, but Jeff, whose education took every cent of the old man's earnings, would prefer to forget his father now that he is climbing the social ladder. While Gunner struggles as a hotel doorman, Jeff marries Doris Courtney, the banker's daughter, telling her that he is an orphan. Even though he is not invited to his own son's wedding, Gunner hocks his championship belt to buy him a present. Although heartbroken, Gunner pulls himself together in hopes of grooming his protege, Bob Hill, for the championship. Meanwhile, Jeff's ambition leads him to lose $60,000 of his client's money in the stock market. Learning that his son is facing jail, Gunner hurries to Jeff side. Gunner's loyalty forces Jeff to realize that he has misjudged his father, and he confesses all to Doris, who accepts the news with equinimity. In hopes of making enough money in bets to cover his son's financial deficit, Gunner decides to drug Bob, causing him to lose the championship, and place his bet on Olson, Bob's opponent. Gunner's plans go awry, however, when his buddy, Mushy Harrington, loyally places all bets on Bob and drinks the drugged water himself. Bob wins the championship, and with his winnings, Gunner bails his son out of trouble and opens his own restaurant. There the family is reconciled as Jeff and Doris toast Bob and Joan's forthcoming marriage.