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Kid Galahad (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Sport | 29 August 1962 (USA)
After completing his military service, Walter Gulick takes a job as a sparring partner at a gym, the owner of which sees potential in Walter as a professional fighter and takes him under his wing.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

William Fay (screenplay), Francis Wallace (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elvis Presley ... Walter Gulick
Gig Young ... Willy Grogan
Lola Albright ... Dolly Fletcher
Joan Blackman ... Rose Grogan
Charles Bronson ... Lew Nyack
David Lewis ... Otto Danzig
Robert Emhardt ... Maynard
Liam Redmond ... Father Higgins
Judson Pratt ... Howie Zimmerman
Ned Glass ... Max Lieberman
George Mitchell ... Harry Sperling
Roy Roberts ... Jerry Bathgate
Michael Dante ... Joie Shakes
Richard Devon ... Marvin
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Ralphie (as Jeffrey Morris)
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Storyline

When he completes his military service Walter Gulick returns to his birthplace, Cream Valley, New York. He was orphaned as an infant and grew up elsewhere but always wanted to return to where he was from. He hopes to be a mechanic but soon after his arrival finds himself working as a sparring partner at a boxing camp. Having lost all of his money in a crap game, Walter is happy to take any kind of work but a devastating right hook sends him down a different path. Willy Grogan thinks he has a winner in Walter who, after helping a lady out, is dubbed Kid Galahad. Willy is a likable man but gambles too much and may have been a witness to a mobster's conversation that would best be forgotten. As Walter gains more success, and falls in love with Willy's sister Rose, Willy Grogan finds himself coming under pressure from mobsters to make Walter takes a dive at his next big fight. Written by garykmcd

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Presley packs the the screen's biggest wallop...with the gals...with the gloves...with the guitar! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 August 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kid Galahad See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,750,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Max Lieberman (Ned Glass) is sitting with Father Higgins (Liam Redmond) watching a sparring session, Lieberman rattles off the names of nine old-time fighters. Each and every name mentioned was a real boxer from the professional prize ring: "KO" Phil Kaplan, Augie Ratner, Battling Levinsky, Jack Bernstein, Louis "Kid" Kaplan, Ruby Goldstein, "Corporal" Izzy Schwartz, Abe Atell, and Harlem Tommy Murphy. See more »

Goofs

Kid Galahad trains for the climactic big fight during the middle of summer, Independence Day to Labor Day, yet when you see all the orange and yellow leaves on the trees and on the ground it is obvious that these scenes were filmed in autumn. See more »

Quotes

Willy Grogan: [as he sees Galahad driving off with his sister Rose in the red Model T car] Hey! Why did she have to go off in that beet-juice jalopy with him?
Dolly Fletcher: You're asking me?
Willy Grogan: She could've gone with Maynard and Lew, couldn't she?
Dolly Fletcher: Oh, Willy, when you're 21 and you look like Rose, you don't have to ride with Lew and Maynard.
Willy Grogan: What's that supposed to mean?
Dolly Fletcher: You want diagrams?
Willy Grogan: Now, look, Dolly...
Dolly Fletcher: That's just what I'm going to do... look at Maynard's corned beef. I promised I'd put a low flame under it.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Into the Night (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

King of the Whole Wide World
Written by Ruth Batchelor & Bob Roberts
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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One of my favorites!
19 November 2004 | by jonnyrancherSee all my reviews

OK. So it's not "Gone with the Wind," but "Kid Galahad" is well written, fun, and lightly sprinkled with some very good songs (catch the twisting "I Got Lucky" and the front porch "This is Living" scenes.) "Kid Galahad" also boasts a strong supporting cast (look for a young Ed Asner in one his first screen roles;) Academy-Award winner Gig Young, Charles Bronson, and Lola Albright, in a surprisingly emotive role, add "punch" to what, on the surface, appears to be just another Presley vehicle. "Kid Galahad" also had the blessing of being completed before they counted the receipts of "Blue Hawaii." When the studio saw how much money they made off of "Blue Hawaii," the dye was cast; Elvis would be stuck doing "14 song travelogues" for another 7 years. "Kid Galahad" catches Elvis in good humor, shape, and voice; he was having fun...You will too.


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