Gentleman Jim
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Maybe Errol Flynn was never the war hero that he often played, but he was a capable boxer, and Gentleman Jim makes full use of this skill. Flynn stars as Jim Corbett, the 19th-century American pugilist who introduced "scientific" methods to bare-knuckle boxing. Originally an office clerk, Corbett is introduced to the then-illegal sport of fighting when one of the bank executives sponsors the young man's training at the Olympic Club. His arrogance wins Corbett a few enemies, including high-born lady Victoria Ware (Alexis Smith), whose dislike turns to casual affection when she… More

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"The most kinetic of period pieces, the least pious of biopics, Walsh's Grand Illusion, an elegy for men trying to hang on to the notion of blood sports as games of honor"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...has all the exuberance, excitement, romance, and high good humor that is missing in many of today's so-called inspirational sports films."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Superior -- if largely fact-free -- biopic with Flynn as the character should have been rather than as he was."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Walsh trusts his viewers to value ability and wit over humility and pathos, resulting in one of the most roundly entertaining of all sports films."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Errol Flynn excels as the brash, social-climbing Corbett."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the most lovable, funny and enthusiastic of all film biographies."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Romanticized Jim Corbett boxing fable; Flynn is still fun to watch."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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