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The Great John L. (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 25 May 1945 (USA)
Women in the life of prizefighter John L. Sullivan.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writer:

James Edward Grant (original screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Linda Darnell ... Anne Livingstone
Barbara Britton ... Kathy Harkness
Greg McClure ... John L. Sullivan
Otto Kruger ... Richard Martin
Wallace Ford ... McManus
George Mathews ... John Flood
Robert Barrat ... Billy Muldoon
J.M. Kerrigan ... Father O'Malley
Joel Friedkin Joel Friedkin ... Michael Sullivan - John's Father
Simon Semenoff Simon Semenoff ... Mons. Claire
Harry Crocker Harry Crocker ... Arthur Brisbane
Rory Calhoun ... James J. 'Gentleman Jim' Corbett (as Frank McCown)
Fritz Feld ... Claire's Manager
Lee Sullivan Lee Sullivan ... Mickey Steele
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Gargan ... (scenes deleted)
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Women in the life of prizefighter John L. Sullivan.

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HISTORY AND LOVE ARE MADE AT NIGHT! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man Called Sullivan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

A Friend Of Yours
by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Performed by Linda Darnell (dubbed)
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A Wonderful Movie for Boxing Historians
14 December 2004 | by aphesis-1See all my reviews

I about was about 14 yrs old when I saw this movie for the first time. not old enough to be a real critic I suppose. It was however a fascinating story about the "Boston Strong Boy" John L. Sullivan who was the last of the bare knuckle fighters to win the heavy weight title in the United States to my knowledge. This movie was not just a fight movie but also an early depiction of the struggles of a man with pride and love and alcohol. Greg McClure was perfectly cast for this role as he had all the physical attributes to make the part he played believable It seems to my memory that every actor and actress fit exactly into the roll they played. So much of this movie remains so vivid in my mind that I cannot but think that this movie should be hailed as an American Classic. If the film is somewhere intact it should be revived from it's hiding place and reprinted so this generation of movie goers have an opportunity to view it. If you have any information that would make it possible for myself and others to see this great movie once again please let me know. My e-mail address is, aphesis@charter.net My sincere thanks for any help you can be.


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