Celebrity (1928)

Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Celebrity was based on the play of the same name by Willard Keefe. Robert Armstrong stars as a thick-witted boxer who achieves fame for his literary efforts. Actually, Armstrong can barely write his own name; the poems published under his imprimatur have been ghost-written at the behest of the pug's publicity-hungry manager Clyde Cook. To uphold Armstrong's image as a "man of letters," unemployed chorus girl Lina Basquette is hired to pose as the boxer's debutante fiance. At Basquette's urging, Armstrong decides to stop living a lie and begins to write his own poems without the aid of his "ghost" -- and in so doing becomes more popular than ever. Beyond these rather novel plot twists, Celebrity is a standard prizefight drama, right down to the "comeback" finale.

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boxing, chorus-girl, comeback, con/scam, fame, honor [recognition], writing