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The Champ (1931)



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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 travels to Tijuana.

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Critic Reviews for The Champ

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

Wallace Beery, one of the finest actors In Hollywood, plays the co-starring role with Jackie. It is a real treat for film fans to see the two together.

December 8, 2020 | Full Review…

The Champ may be hokum. but if so it's the sort of hokum that this old world of ours loves -- and needs.

December 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Perhaps The Champ is the old Stella Dallas recipe for film-making, perhaps It is overstressjd in its emotion, perhaps it is slow and even dull in the opening reels but the punch of the finish is terrific.

December 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Not in the history of talkies was weeping so profuse and so enjoyable as at this premiere of The Champ, a production which combines the amazing talents of little Jackie Cooper with the superb histrionics of big Wallace Beery.

December 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Utterly false and thoroughly convincing, The Champ is a monument to the cinema's skill in achieving second-rate perfection.

December 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Champ

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 tragic results.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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 get by, struggling to improve himself. I also like performances by children who are precocious enough to show innocence at times, but mostly have a toughness and worldliness to match their adult co-stars.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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