Kid Galahad (1937) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kid Galahad (1937)




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Fight manager Nick Donati (Edward G. Robinson) has just lost his best fighter to crooked promoter Turkey Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). During a party at Donati's apartment, a bellhop (Wayne Morris) kayos Morgan's boxer, who has insulted the honor of Donati's girlfriend, Louise "Fluff" Phillips (Bette Davis). Sensing a good thing when he sees it, Donati takes the bellhop under his wing, promoting the erstwhile pugilist as Kid Galahad. Morris is shipped to Donati's farm for training, where he falls in love with Donati's sheltered kid sister, Marie (Jane Bryan). Angered at this, Donati sets up Kid Galahad for a fall, ordering him to take a dive in an upcoming bout and betting his bankroll on Morgan's boy. Kid Galahad takes a terrific beating until, at the urging of Fluff and Marie, he abruptly changes his ring strategy. When Galahad wins, Morgan, feeling he's been double-crossed by Donati, shoots the latter. Morgan manages to fatally wound Morgan before expiring himself; as he breathes his last, he gives his belated blessing to Galahad and Marie's romance. To avoid confusion with Elvis Presley's 1962 remake of Kid Galahad, the earlier film was retitled The Battling Bellhop for TV. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Edward G. Robinson
as Nick Donati
Wayne Morris
as Ward Guisenberry
Bette Davis
as Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
Humphrey Bogart
as Turkey Morgan
Jane Bryan
as Marie Donati
Harry Carey
as Silver Jackson
William Haade
as Chuck McGraw
Soledad Jiminez
as Mrs. Donati
Joe Cunningham
as Joe Taylor
Ben Welden
as Buzz Barett
Veda Ann Borg
as The Redhead
Robert Evans
as Sam McGraw
Hank Hankinson
as Jim Burke
Bob Nestell
as Tim O'Brien
Jack Kranz
as Denbaugh
George Blake
as Referee
Joyce Compton
as Drunken Girl on Phone
Eddie Foster
as Louie, Pianist
Emmett Vogan
as Ring announcer
Harry Harvey
as Reporter
John Shelton
as Reporter
Edward Price
as Reporter
Don Brodie
as Reporter
Milton Kibbee
as Reporter
Ralph Dunn
as Reporter at Dinner
Mary Doran
as Operator
Mary Sunde
as Blonde
Billy Wayne
as Bell Captain
Virginia Dabney
as Girl at Party
John Ridgely
as Photographer
Curtis Benton
as Announcer
Eddy Chandler
as Title fight announcer
Lane Chandler
as Timekeeper
Don DeFore
as Ringsider
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Critic Reviews for Kid Galahad

All Critics (5)

Straight, tight action drama with good fight scenes. Edward G. Robinson and Bette Davis ought to team together again. Wayne Morris, the fighter, does a nice, simple job.

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The popular film became a boxing classic for the 1930s.

December 6, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Solid Warners boxing yarn - you can't go wrong with Eddie G. and Bette.

February 10, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Kid Galahad

Kid Galahad is just an okay boxing movie when you consider the talent involved. Edward G. Robinson seems to be just kind of... there and Humphrey Bogart merely turns in a canned Murderer's Row performance. Bette Davis plays a forgettable role but considering she's never looked better, I didn't mind. Kid Galahad definitely doesn't fall into the essential viewing category but if you're on an Edward G or Bogie kick that just won't die, its not a bad way to chase the dragon...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


This movie brings the words quaint and sentimental to mind. This movie combines elements of romance and sports drama in a nice way, but it was too nice I think, it could have been more realistic. In other words more conflict. Good, but it could be better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

despite bogie, edward g and bette davis, the film is just ok. the usual boxing cliches...anyway it's gotta be better than the musical remake with elvis :p

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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