The World's Champion (1922)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The quality of Wallace Reid's films were starting to slip, quite possibly because of his drug problems, and this comedy-drama -- based on the stage play The Champion -- was merely an average picture for him. William Burroughs (Reid) is the son of a socially ambitious Englishman (Lionel Belmore). William meets Lady Elizabeth Galton (Lois Wilson), but is beaten to a pulp by her cousin, Lord Brockington (Stanley J. Sanford). As a result, his father disowns him and he travels to America where he becomes a champion boxer known as "Gunboat" William. After a number of years he returns to England to find that because of reduced circumstances, Lady Elizabeth is now working as his father's social secretary. Burroughs still hasn't forgiven his son, but his celebrity as a boxer causes him to change his mind. William goes after Lord Brockington and gives him a sound thrashing, then turns around and weds Lady Elizabeth. This picture was the first Paramount release for Phil Rosen, who had only recently begun directing films.

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aristocracy, boxing, celebrity, champion, family, father, finances, lawyer, marriage, nobility, proposal [romantic], quitting, ring [jewelry], secretary, shock, son, training