Fighting Youth (1925)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In spite of sharing the same last name, William Fairbanks and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. were not related. William, however, was sort of a low-rent version of Douglas -- he starred in bargain basement thrillers where he got to show off his talent for stunts. This one comes out of Columbia, at the time, a Poverty Row studio. Dick Covington (William Fairbanks) is a society athlete who is quick with his fists. His fiancée, Jean Manley (Pauline Garon), hates his fighting and convinces him to stop. But then his rival tricks him into accepting an offer to fight Murdering Mooney (Frank Hagney) at a charity show. At first Jean is chagrined, but when the rival insults her, she is anxious for Covington to beat his opponent. It turns out that the fight is fixed, and Covington is kidnapped and taken far out into the country. Somehow he manages to make an escape in his guard's car, then hitch a ride from an aviator, and then swim a lake. Finally, he gets to the fight and he still has enough energy to knock out Mooney.

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bad-guy, captive, captor, escape, fight, gangster, good-guy, kidnapping, sweetheart