His Rise to Fame (1927)

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Ironically, action hero George Walsh's star was on the wane when he appeared in His Rise to Fame. It's the story of a chronic gambler (Walsh) whose addiction to cards and horses loses him job after job. While ruminating on his future in a cabaret, he gets into a fight to defend the honor of his sweetheart, dancer Peggy Shaw. Soundly beaten by his opponent, Walsh retreats in disgrace, then decides to build up his ego -- and physique -- at the local gym. He does such a good job "pumping up" that he launches a successful prizefighting career. But when crooked manager Bradley Page falls for Walsh's girlfriend Shaw, Page resorts to underhanded tactics to make Walsh lose the championship. But our hero isn't about to be humiliated twice in front of the same girl -- no, sir!

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addiction, bad-guy-turns-good, dishonorable-discharge, fighter, gambling, honor [recognition], humiliation, manager, sweetheart, unemployment