Golden Boy
Golden Boy (1939)

Director Rouben Mamoulian often claimed that he'd been inspired to make Golden Boy after reading a newspaper clipping about a recently deceased boxer. While Mamoulian may have genuinely believed that he was the true "auteur"… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 5, 1939
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Emanuel Levy

Despite a compromised version and imposed happy ending, Odets' sports melodrama still holds emotional and dramatic power due to the acting of William Holden, then 21, in a role that catapulted him to overnight stardom and Stanwyck as the dame from Newark

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Golden Boy is a disappointment, but not without its moments.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mamoulian's film holds together even if it can't completely overcome all its clichés.

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Stella Dallas
it's pretty corny but it was great fun seeing 21-year old william holden in his first important role as violinist turned boxer joe bonaparte. i swear i… More
jay nixon
Barbara Stanwyck is fine as usual and William Holden does well considering it was his first lead but Lee J. Cobb, usually a fine actor, overdoes his part to the… More