The Champ
The Champ (1931)

In this film, Wallace Beery stars 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, Beery… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 21, 1931
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film is so dated that it creaks.

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Variety Staff

A good picture, almost entirely by virtue of an inspired performance by a boy, Jackie Cooper.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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TV Guide

A film with a lot of heart, unafraid to bare its emotions.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
I've read other reviews that have called this sentimental and sappy. I guess I enjoy that on occasion. I identified with Beery's character trying to… More
John Ballantine
A grittier version than the crappolo that they made in the seventies. This story probably played itself out many times among the down and out with similar… More