- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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Brass Boy, not Golden
- el debbo
Except for Holden's family home, most sets are pretty cardboardy. Lee J. Cobb is unreal and hammy. And Golden Boy William Holden has such a youthful, high voice it's a distraction from the action. Really. How could a guy that young and squeaky and willowy end up at The Garden? I love Holden but didn't go for this film.
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Este filme um clssico daqueles que ningum pode deixar de ver as brilhantes interpretaes de Barbara Stanwyck e de um ainda desconhecido William Holden. O TCM poderia passar este filme mais vezes, pois o filme timo.
Golden Boy (1939)
- James Higgins
Fine classic, probably best known for William Holden's glowing praise of Barbara Stanwyck's at the 1978 Academy Awards show for her kindness and generosity during it's filming. Stanwyck, as always is a joy to watch. William Holden is quite good in his first major role. Although it does lack originality, the professionalism of the production and acting make it well worth watching.
Even though smoking in movies is now considered "politically incorrect" one of the most memorable scenes in this movie was where Joseph Calleia expresses his frustration with William Holden by taking a long drag on his cigarette and exhaling in Holden's face. However, this was not just a simple exhale - rather it resembled jet propulsion as the smoke synchronously exits Calleia's nostrils and momentarily fills the screen. A very creative and effective way to convey his contempt for Holden.
real star power
this movie has real emotion,acting and great star power,movies today do not have this ,just plain vanilla actors and lousy plots with no real emotion in their faces in todays movies,see a real movie and watch this one
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Here's another 1939er that'll knock your socks off. Stanwyck and Holden. Stanwyck's the veteran actor who takes the newbie Holden under her wing (lucky guy). He's supposed to be saving his hands for playing violin and winds up Stanwyck's 'golden boy' in the boxing ring. This film has got to rank among Stanwyck's classics since her performanceis flawless and the story is a winner. The film earned several Oscar nominationsfor its music. Stanwyck should have been one of the nominees. But it was the most competitive year in Hollywood's filmmaking history. Otherwise, I bet this film would have taken home several statuettes and so would have Stanwyck.