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The Leather Saint (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 June 1956 (USA)
Episcopalian minister Gil Allen keeps up his college days interest in boxing by working out at a gym run by his friend, Tom Kelley. Gil declines when fight manager Gus McAuliffe offers to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Paul Douglas ... Gus MacAuliffe
John Derek ... Father Gil Allen
Jody Lawrance ... Pearl Gorman
Cesar Romero ... Tony Lorenzo
Ernest Truex ... Father Ritchie
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Tom Kelly
Ricky Vera Ricky Vera ... Pepito (as Ricky Vera)
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Lomas
Edith Evanson ... Stella
Lou Nova Lou Nova ... Tiger
Baynes Barron ... Tony's Henchman
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Episcopalian minister Gil Allen keeps up his college days interest in boxing by working out at a gym run by his friend, Tom Kelley. Gil declines when fight manager Gus McAuliffe offers to get him some bouts but, spurred by the need for a new iron lung and a swimming pool in his community, Gil takes on a fight, without disclosing his true profession, and knocks out his opponent with one punch. This impresses Pearl Gorman, girl friend of fight promoter Tony Lorenzo. Pearl was a promising singer until her fiancé, a boxer, died in the ring but is now on the bottle. She drinks more heavily when Gil ignores her. Gil is about to quit boxing but when Father Ritchie informs him that a down payment has already been made on the iron lung, he continues. He explains his winnings from his fights to Father Ritchie as donations from a friend in the leather business. Pearl learns his true identity and, through his influence, quits drinking. Gil one-punches his way to enough wins to pay off the iron ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Story Of A Fighting Priest Who Leads A Double Life!

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1956 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Words and Music by Walter Ruick and Richard A. Whiting
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Boxing for God
2 October 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Better than expected drama with a bit of a twist.

John Derek, impressively fit for a man of God, plays a young minister who while mixing it up in the local gym is spotted by fight promoter Paul Douglas who proposes he set up some fights for him. Of course Douglas is oblivious to Derek's vocation since John is in boxing trunks and he demurs. But when the need arises for both a community swimming pool and an iron lung!! Father John pitches in with his fists while fending off the advances of a dipsomaniac songstress!

If it all sounds rather soapy it could be if it weren't for the performances of Derek and the always reliable Paul Douglas. They keep a lid on the schmaltzy aspects of the scripts by not overselling their parts. The director also wisely keeps the pace brisk over the short running time. It's not art but considering the implausibility of the story it's better than it should be.


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