9 user 3 critic

The Kid from Kokomo (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 23 May 1939 (USA)
A fight promoter finds his fighter, Wayne Morris, in the sticks, a country hick left by his mother when he was young and he won't leave his home as he is still waiting for her to return to ... See full summary »


Lewis Seiler


Richard Macaulay, Dalton Trumbo (story "Broadway Cavalier") | 1 more credit »


Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Anne Shirley plays Alice Fisher-the daughter of a small grocer who at the last minute gets to go to little Talbot College. She learns that joining a sorority is an essential thing at the ... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Anne Shirley, James Ellison, Barbara Read
Lucky Night (1939)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A wealthy woman meets a bum on a park bench and marries him the same evening.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Myrna Loy, Robert Taylor, Joseph Allen
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An actor in Hollywood is accused of murder and tries to figure his way out of it.

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Frank Albertson, Eleanor Lynn, Allan Lane
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Submarine officers Dorgan and Mason battle on land for the affections of dance-hall girl Carmen. She marries Dorgan but makes a play for Mason when her husband is on duty.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Richard Dix, Dolores del Rio, Chester Morris
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Midwesterner waitress, scheming to gold-dig her way to Paris, gets mixed up with a wealthy New York family.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Joan Blondell, Walter Connolly
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Bill Williams, Barbara Hale, Richard Quine
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Delia Jordan's father is murdered and some very valuable jewelry stolen. She hires Michael Lanyard (aka The Lone Wolf), a retired-and-reformed jewel thief to find the killer and the jewels.... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Warren William, Eric Blore, Joan Perry
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two newspaper reporters, Thomas "Breezy" Elliott and Jane Morgan, inadvertently send a boy named Mickey Fallon to reform school after they write an expose of the illegal slot-machine racket... See full summary »

Director: James Flood
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Joan Blondell, Bobby Jordan
Adventure | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In colonial America, wanderer Deerslayer gets involved with Tom Hutter, a bigoted trapper, and his two contrasting daughters.

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Lex Barker, Rita Moreno, Forrest Tucker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Doctor John Abbott is a single parent who settles in the town of Westport, with his son Dick, trying to eke out a living for them. He also inherits, by way of his doorstep, an unwanted baby... See full summary »

Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: Anne Shirley, Edward Ellis, Lee Bowman
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Perry marries Della but a beautiful woman interrupts their honeymoon night and demands Perry take her case at gunpoint.

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Warren William, Claire Dodd, Wini Shaw
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A dead World War II bomber pilot named Pete Sandidge, becomes the guardian angel of another pilot, Ted Randall. He guides Ted through battle and helping him to romance his old girlfriend, despite her excessive devotion to Sandidge's memory.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Van Johnson


Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... William Jennings 'Billy / 'Square Shooting Murph' Murphy
Wayne Morris ... Homer Baston
Joan Blondell ... Doris Harvey
May Robson ... Margaret 'Maggie' / 'Ma' Manell
Jane Wyman ... Marian Bronson
Stanley Fields ... Muscles Malone
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Curley Bender
Sidney Toler ... Judge William 'Gashouse' Bronson
Edward Brophy ... Eddie Black (as Ed Brophy)
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Bronson
Morgan Conway ... Louie, a 50% Owner
John Ridgely ... Sam, a 50% Owner
Ward Bond ... Ladislaw Klewicki
Paul Hurst ... First Old Man in Fistfight


A fight promoter finds his fighter, Wayne Morris, in the sticks, a country hick left by his mother when he was young and he won't leave his home as he is still waiting for her to return to him. promoter, Pat o'brien cons him into coming with him by telling him the exposure in the papers will help him find her. O'brien later hires an old drunk woman, the great May Robson, to play the part of "mom". Written by dictracy23

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Romance








Release Date:

23 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Cavalier See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Although it sounds fictitious, Kokomo is an actual place - a mid-sized industrial city about two hour's drive North of Indianapolis. Over time, its name has come to symbolize the typical American small town. See more »


The end credits list May Robson's character's last name as "Martin" but she is called "Manell" in the film. See more »


William Jennings 'Billy: You just listen to her, fella. She knows all about those things. After all, women and mothers are...
Eddie Black: Yeah, the same kinda people, ain't they?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Trying To Catch Lightning In A Bottle For A second Time ?
3 July 2018 | by redryan64See all my reviews

WELL NOW, WHAT have we here? In what could very well have been an obscure title that we'd passed up, our fancy was definitely tickled to a very high degree. Although this KID FROM KOKOMO was undoubtedly pre-classified as a "Pot Boiler" and definitely just one cog in Warner Brothers' yearly output, it certainly did it self proud in showcasing its containing pure entertainment and fun. And its lack of any pretension about being cinematic "art" underscores its true mission in pleasing a movie audience.

WE HAVE FORMULATED a few educated guesses in our review and plead "guilty as charged" about our high level of fondness generated.

WE'VE ALWAYS FELT that, whereas there are so many other great and near great examples of great pictures out there in our film archives and we have been blessed with such fine names behind the film industry, that Warner Brothers somehow had always managed to have its corporate finger right on the pulse of American tastes and preferences. This assertion extends all the way, across the board from the Class "A" features., the "B's", Short Subjects and even to their animation department's LOONEY TUNES and MERRY MELODIES.

AT LEAST SOME of the cause behind our thesis is attributable to the background of the Brothers Warner. Sons of Jewish Immigrants from Poland (Russian Empire), after immigrating to America, then to Ontario, Canada, they were raised in Youngstown, Ohio. This,we contend, gave them a less than provincial outlook on the country and the world. It also prevented them from being indoctrinated with any sort of "Big Apple" syndrome. (Although so many of their pictures were centered on life in our greatest city).

ANOTHER ATTRIBUTE WHICH we must bring to the floor is the Warner Brothers' propensity to simplify production matters. Jack W. was once quoted as saying something about if a script is too long to be read while sitting on and using the commode, it was too long.

THE STUDIO ALSO had a knack for taking stage plays , many having been unproduced, and turning them into celluloid gold. This movie would certainly fit into that category. (By the bye, ever heard of EVERYONE COMES TO RICK'S aka CASABLANCA ?)

AS FOR THE production itself, it is fine example of economy of time and shooting schedule. whereas it certainly was no cheapie or poverty row special, it made great use of many preexisting sets. Added to that we have a fine cast top to bottom. We had Pat O'Brien, Joan Blondell and Wayne Morris in the starring roles. In support we have May Robson, a young Jane Wyman, Edward Brophy, 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, Sidney Toler (Charlie Chan), Morgan Conway (future Dick Tracy), rising star John Ridgley, Ward Bond and Paul Hurst. In an uncredited role, Al Hill appears (better known to us of the Baby Boomer generation as Heavyweight Champ, "Killer Kilduff" in the 3 Stooges' PUNCH DRUNKS (Columbia, 1934) and as bank robber "Filthy McNasty" in the W.C. Fields starring vehicle THE BANK DICK (Universal, 1940).

AND FOR JUST one last observation, it would appear that the studio was attempting to recapture at least some of the magic that was generated by the previous production of KID GALAHAD (WB/1937), which starred Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. It introduced a young Wayne Morris in a very similar role to this one.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed