Toboggan (1934)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Toboggan was the third feature-length film by writer/director Henri Decoin. French boxing champion George Carpentier more or less plays himself as a pugilist who stages a comeback after a series of humiliating defeats. The motivating force behind Carpentier's regeneration is his sweetheart Arlette Marchal, a former Apache dancer. What our hero doesn't know is that Marchal is interested only in the prize money, but he finds this out when she slinks her way into the fight arena with her new "protector" on her arm. Director Decoin deftly matches newly-shot prizefight footage with newsreel clips from Carpentier's past boxing-ring victories.