The Pittsburgh Kid (1941)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Unable to sign boxer Joe Louis to movie contract, Republic Pictures had to make do with the losers of Louis' heavyweight championship bouts. One of these was Billy Conn, who after being knocked out by Louis in the 13th round awakened to star in the Republic programmer The Pittsburgh Kid. The story finds clean-limned pugilist Conn (playing himself) being managed by pretty Patricia Mallory (Jean Parker). In addition to having a professional interest in Conn's career, Patricia is in love with the big lug. With the help of sports reporter Cliff Halliday (Dick Purcell), Patricia manages to promote Conn into the Big Time, only to nearly lose him to predatory socialite Barbara Ellison (Veda Ann Borg). To improve the box-office potential of The Pittsburgh Kid, Republic cast several boxing-world "guest stars" as themselves, including fighters Henry Armstrong, Freddie Steele and Jack Roper and referee Arthur Donovan.

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love, romance, sports, boxing, child, conflict, daughter, manager