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Great sports films: Gentleman Jim (1942) #14

Ward Bond as James L. Sullivan, defeated Heavyweight champion of the World giving his belt to Errol Flynn, as Jim Corbett, the new champ. (Picture credit: Blogsport)

(My 15 most favorite sports films)

# 14  GENTLEMAN JIM (1942)


(Warner-1942): Errol Flynn as Gentleman Jim Corbett, the man that beat James L. Sullivan for the heavyweight boxing title around the turn of the century (1892 to be exact).


Great story and plenty of action and emotion as this fictitious version of James J. and James L is as good as it gets. The final scene where the former champ gives his belt buckle to Corbett is one of the best in sports film. Respect in sports is so valuable and this is shown is spades. Ward Bond’s James L is humble in the end, unlike how he is played by him during the balance of the film.  This just shows his superior acting ability show emotions. Flynn is wonderful and Alexis Smith is not only hot but can give as much as she could take.  The supporting cast is also a highlight through the set pieces of this great film.   A winner.




A nice review at: (http://letsnottalkaboutmovies.blogspot.com/2012/06/gentleman-jim.html) – See more at: http://prosportsextra.com/2015/06/13/favorite-sports-movies-today-15th-to-11th-tomorrow-10th-to-6th-monday-the-top-5/#sthash.wtLUNnHh.dpuf


About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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