The Champ
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Wallace Beery won an Academy Award for his tour de force performance as a washed-up boxer. The bibulous Beery travels from one tank-town bout to another in the company of his faithful son Jackie Cooper and his stuttering manager Roscoe Ates. Hoping for a comeback in Tijuana, Beery is approached by his ex-wife Irene Rich, now married to wealthy Hale Hamilton. Rich convinces Beery that Cooper would be better off with her. Feigning brusqueness, Beery orders his son to get lost, hoping that the kid will be disillusioned enough to remain with his mother. But Cooper runs away from his new home and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This picture is a further example of clever acting saving the day, for there is little in this narrative of horse racing and pugilistic bouts that possesses much akin to originality."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"The film is so dated that it creaks."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A good picture, almost entirely by virtue of an inspired performance by a boy, Jackie Cooper."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"King Vidor's first (and still best) version of this sentimental saga is worth seeing for the performances of Wallace Beery (who won the Oscar) as down-on-his-luck prizefigher as terrific child actor Jackie Cooper as his son."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A film with a lot of heart, unafraid to bare its emotions."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Beery, a former vaudeville comedian and cross-dresser, is an expert at physical comedy: his drunk act isn't very realistic, but it's fun to watch."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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