Wonder Man (1920)

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When Georges Carpentier won the European heavyweight champion title, the now-forgotten motion picture studio Robertson-Cole signed him to a movie contract and brought him to America. This was the fighter's film debut, and he plays Henri D'Alour, a French secret service agent. He mingles with the American social set while searching for some stolen post-war contracts between the U.S. and France. But this thin plot was just an excuse to have Carpentier get in the ring with the villain, Alan Gardner (Robert Barrat), who is also his rival for the girl, Dorothy Stoner (Faire Binney). The reason for the fight is that the social club decides to hold an amateur boxing tournament, which really has little to do with the story. Carpentier wins, of course, but at least director John G. Adolfi arranged it so that he took a beating in the first three rounds. As expected, the boxer comes alive in the fourth, after receiving a note from Dorothy saying that she wants him to win. Then he wipes the floor with Gardner and by now no one really cares about the stolen contracts.