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The Champ

7.1
665
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Original title
The Champ
Year
Running time
87 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Leonard Praskins (Story: Frances Marion)
Cinematography
Gordon Avil (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama. Comedy | Family Relationships. Childhood. Boxing. Alcoholism. Gambling. Horses. Melodrama. Comedy-Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Dink Purcell loves his alcoholic father, ex-heavyweight champion Andy "Champ" Purcell, despite his frequent binges, his frequent gambling and their squalid living conditions. And there's nothing Andy wouldn't do for Dink. When Andy wins a race horse gambling, he gives it to Dink and they race it at a Tijuana track. There, Dink meets Linda Carleton, a race horse owner herself, and they have an immediate rapport. But Linda's rich husband sees Andy and realizes Dink is Linda's son, who she gave up when she and Andy divorced. Andy is bribed $200 to allow Dink to visit with Linda, but refuses to allow Dink to spend six months with the Carletons. When Andy loses the horse gambling and winds up in jail after a drunken tirade, he realizes Dink's place is with his mother. Dink tearfully goes but sneaks out and returns at his first opportunity, filling a depressed Andy with a desire to make good. So Andy goes into training after his managers arrange a boxing match with the Mexican champion.
Awards
1931: 2 Oscar: Best Actor ex-aequo (Wallace Beery), Story. 4 Nominations
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