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item number: 3734Y
- Colortone Revue Short Crazy House
- Radio Production with Wallace Beery
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English, French & Spanish (Feature Film Only)
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 31, 2006
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Mono 1.0
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Wallace Beery & Jackie Cooper|
|Performer:||Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates, Irene Rich, Hale Hamilton & Marcia Mae Jones|
|Directed by||King Vidor|
|Edited by||Hugh Wynn|
|Screenwriting by||Frances Marion & Leonard Praskins|
|Art Direction by||Cedric Gibbons|
|Produced by||King Vidor & Harry Rapf|
|Director of Photography:||Gordon Avil|
Academy Awards 1932 - Best Actor: Wallace Beery
Academy Awards 1932 - Best Original Screenplay: Frances Marion
Rating: 3.5/4 -- A film with a lot of heart, unafraid to bare its emotions. Full Review
Rating: C+ -- The film is so dated that it creaks. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: B- -- King Vidor's first (and still best) version of this sentimental saga is worth seeing for the performances of Wallace Beery (who won the Oscar) as down-on-his-luck prizefigher as terrific child actor Jackie Cooper as his son. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- This picture is a further example of clever acting saving the day, for there is little in this narrative of horse racing and pugilistic bouts that possesses much akin to originality. Full Review
New York Times
A good picture, almost entirely by virtue of an inspired performance by a boy, Jackie Cooper. Full Review
It was, from beginning to end, a moving picture, and not a photographed play, with obvious miniatures, backdrops, and stage sets. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Beery, a former vaudeville comedian and cross-dresser, is an expert at physical comedy: his drunk act isn't very realistic, but it's fun to watch. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
Grab your dreams, come out of your corner and step out swinging. The double Oscar winner The Champis ready to take on the world! With feet planted, chin tucked and its heart unashamedly on its sleeve, this original father-son tale (remade in 1979) remains one of the all-time tearjerkers. In an Academy Award-winning Best Actor performance, burly Wallace Beery - he of the fog-cutter voice and gruff warmth - plays the washed-up prize fighter making a ring comeback to provide for his son. Nine-year-old Our Gang comedy star Jackie Cooper is Dink, as devoted a son as ever stood in any man's corner. Laugh. Cry. Cheer. Cry some more. Even as The Champ breaks your heart, it heals the spirit.
In many ways a male version of Vidor's STELLA DALLAS, THE CHAMP also works overtime on the tear ducts. Wallace Beery stars as Andy "Champ" Purcell, the former heavyweight champion, now down and out, who is kept alive by the devotion of his young son, Dink (Jackie Cooper). The champ is trying to make a comeback but continues to backslide into drinking and gambling in Tijuana dives, despite the efforts of Dink and his friends to save the boxer from himself. While gambling, the Champ does manage to win a horse, and while he and Dink are at the track, the boy runs into his mother, Linda (Irene Rich), although neither knows the other. When she speaks with the Champ, he agrees that the boy would be better off living with her and her wealthy husband, Tony (Hale Hamilton). Hiding his love behind a mask of indifference, the Champ convinces the boy to go to the country to live with his mother. But Dink can't abide the separation and runs away to rejoin his father in time for the biggest fight of his career. An unusually understated and affecting performance by Beery along with good work by Cooper erase some of the triteness of the melodrama, which must have spoken powerfully to depression-era audiences whose numbers undoubtedly included more than a few "Champs" struggling to care for their children.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Champ, The (1931)
Grab your dreams, come out of your corner and step out swinging. The double Oscar winner The Champ is ready to take on the world! With feet planted, chin tucked and its heart unashamedly on its sleeve, this original father-son tale (remade in 1979) remains one of the all-time great tearjerkers. In an Academy Award-winning Best Actor performance, burly Wallace Beery - he of the fog-cutter voice and gruff warmth - plays the washed-up prizefighter making a ring comeback to provide for his son. Nine-year-old Our Gang comedy star Jackie Cooper is Dink, as devoted a son as ever stood in any man's corner. Laugh. Cry. Cheer. Cry some more. Even as The Champ breaks your heart, it heals the spirit.
- Theatrical release: November 13, 1931.
- Wallace Beery shared the Best Actor Oscar for 1931-32 with Fredric March.
- Beery improvised much of his dialogue.
- Beery's contract stipulated that a stunt double would do the fight scenes for him. However, after Vidor invited a number of young women whom Beery knew onto the set to watch fight scenes being shot, the actor suddenly decided to do the fight scenes himself.