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Gentleman Jim

Walsh's reputation is as an action director, but he was equally good as a period illustrator (witness the lazily loving The Strawberry Blonde). Here he has the best of both worlds, matching a rich evocation of San Francisco in the 1880s (perhaps a bit heavy on the Irish family brawls) with a vivid account of the pre-Queensberry fight scene, and capping a rumbustious sequence of bouts with a superbly shot version of the gruelling heavyweight championship match between Gentleman Jim Corbett and John L Sullivan in 1892. Lavish, lustrous and none too accurate historically, it's Hollywood at its cavalier best, with a perfectly judged performance from Flynn, brash yet engaging, as the social-climbing Corbett.

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Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Raoul Walsh
Screenwriter: Vincent Lawrence, Horace McCoy
Cast: Errol Flynn
Alexis Smith
Jack Carson
Alan Hale
Ward Bond
John Loder
Minor Watson
Arthur Shields
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