The Champ (1931)
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Critic Reviews for The Champ
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.
The Champ may be hokum. but if so it's the sort of hokum that this old world of ours loves -- and needs.
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.
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.
Utterly false and thoroughly convincing, The Champ is a monument to the cinema's skill in achieving second-rate perfection.
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.
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.
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