The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

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    • The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)




      Plot Summary

      Prizefighter Jimmy Dolan accidentally kills a man at a party and escapes.
      He hides out at a health farm for invalid children and begins to lose his cynicism under the influence of the children and of
      Peggy and Mrs. Moore, who run the farm. When a detective recognizes him,
      Jimmy must decide whether to escape or stay and face his responsibilities to the children.
      Summary written by Jim Beaver

      Full Cast
      Douglas Fairbanks Jr. .... Jimmy Dolan
      Loretta Young .... Peggy
      Aline MacMahon .... Auntie, aka Mrs. Moore
      Guy Kibbee .... Phlaxer
      Lyle Talbot .... Doc Wood
      Fifi D'Orsay .... Budgie
      Harold Huber .... Reggie Newman
      Shirley Grey .... Goldie
      George Meeker .... Magee
      John Wayne .... Smith
      Arthur Hohl .... Malvin
      Edward Arnold .... Inspector (uncredited)
      Joan Barclay .... Well-Wisher (uncredited)
      Robert Barrat .... Sheriff (uncredited)
      Don Brodie .... Bit on Stairway (uncredited)
      George Chandler .... Handler (uncredited)
      Arthur Dekuh .... Louie Primaro (uncredited)
      James Donlan .... Man With Flask (uncredited)
      David Durand .... George (uncredited)
      Adolph Faylauer .... Fight Extra (uncredited)
      Sam Godfrey .... Reporter (uncredited)
      Allen 'Farina' Hoskins .... Sam (uncredited)
      John Kerns .... Opponent (uncredited)
      Mike Lally .... Reporter in Ring (uncredited)
      John Marston .... Matt Lenihan (uncredited)
      Frank McGrath .... First Referee (uncredited)
      Clarence Muse .... Masseur (uncredited)
      Bradley Page .... One of Dolan's Backers (uncredited)
      Lee Phelps .... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
      Mickey Rooney .... Freckles (uncredited)
      John Sheehan .... Fight Manager (uncredited)
      Charles Sherlock .... Reporter in Ring (uncredited)
      Anne Shirley .... Mary Lou (uncredited)
      Sammy Stein .... King Cobra (uncredited)
      Arthur Vinton .... Matt Lenihan (uncredited)
      Huey White .... Handler (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Bertram Millhauser (play Sucker) and
      Beulah Marie Dix (play Sucker)
      David Boehm and
      Erwin S. Gelsey

      Arthur Edeson

      The film was shot over a period of 28 days.

      This film is based on the play "Sucker", which opened off-broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 4 April 1933.

      Aline MacMahon, who played Loretta Young's middle-aged mother in this film, that same year co-starred as a showgirl alongside Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell in Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933).

      Edward Arnold (Inspector Ennis) and Mickey Rooney (Freckles) appear in this film uncredited, though essential characters to the story.

      This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Saturday 13 October 1956 on WABD (Channel 5), in Portland, Oregon Wednesday 14 November 1956 on KOIN (Channel 6), in Bloomingtonn, Illinois Tuesday 4 December 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 2 January 1957 on KPIX (Channel 5). For over 60 years, it's been a frequent flyer on local television, and, later, on cable, where it's now found a permanent home in the Turner Classic Movies library, and enjoys regular showings on TCM much to the delight of its devoted fans.

      The car Doc drives is a 1931 Lincoln Model K convertible sedan. MSRP was $6,800 ($107,000 in 2017). Only 3,311 1931 Lincolns of all types were made. At auction, in excellent condition, this car could easily fetch well over $100,000 in 2017.

      The police broadcast the license number of Dolan's car in which Woods and Goldie are fleeing (1U-42-91), but it's not the same as the actual license plate of their Lincoln which is visible in several shots (4B72-47); when the car is wrecked, it suddenly changes from a Lincoln to a Ford, and now bears the same license number as the one originally broadcast.

      In the chase scene with Woods and Goldie, one of the police motorcycles has three lights at the beginning, but only two during and after the pursuit.

      Plot holes

      When Phlaxer tells Inspector Ennis the body in the car isn't Jimmy Dolan, one reason he gives is that Dolan's wrist size was different and the watch band on the body was fastened in a different hole. The newspaper said the body was "reduced to ashes in the flames".
      A fire that hot would also destroy a leather watch band.

      Filming Locations

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The Life of Jimmy Dolan (released in the UK as The Kid's Last Fight) is a 1933 movie
      starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Loretta Young.
      John Wayne has a small supporting role as a frightened boxer.
      It was remade in 1939 as They Made Me a Criminal.

      This is a Douglas Fairbank,Jr. movie, co-starring Loretta Young,
      one of 6 pictures that cast them together.
      Duke was dating Loretta's older sister at the time,
      and as a favour Loretta, lobbied WB, to help Duke get the part.

      Duke was Douglas's fight trainer, and spoke only a few lines.

      Fairbanks said,when he first met Duke,
      He came in while my gloves were being tied on, slapped me on the back, and said,
      "You okay, boss?", I nodded, and he excited.

      An un-significant part, but in a very significant film.

      If anyone has this film, or has seen it, please let us know.

      User Review
      Author: gerrythree from New York, from IMDb

      1933's The Life of Jimmy Dolan, a fine movie, is a good example of how the Motion Picture Production code of July 1934
      changed movies, since, for comparison, you have the 1939 remake, They Made Me a Criminal.
      The big difference is that the remake turns a tough story into sentimental claptrap, making sure that crime does not pay.
      Douglas Fairbanks Jr. doesn't get the credit he deserves as a star in the Warner Bros. repertory company,
      but he looks too skinny and upper class for a champion boxer
      . John Garfield is better cast for the part, especially with his nervous energy.
      But the 1933 picture is way more realistic and cynical.
      In the 1933 version of a boxer's life, everyone has hard times,
      including John Wayne, who gets carried out after trying to go the distance in a boxing contest between amateurs and a pro fighter.
      Production Code Administrator Breen wouldn't allow crime to pay at all, liked a white bread world and would have stopped
      Warner Bros. from re-releasing The Life of Jimmy Dolan. That was not a problem, because of the remake.
      The better movie about the boxer on the lam is the one made in 1933.
      Gritty movies like The Life of Jimmy Dolan vanished until after the demise of the Production Code in the early 1960s.
      What movies Hollywood would have made if not for rigid censorship for over 25 years is an unanswerable question.
      Warner Bros. pre-code sound movies indicate that older movies made before censorship
      have dated a lot better than much of the drivel released during the Breen censorship period.

      Here are some previous posts relating to this film:-

      January 19th 2004
      Popol Vuh

      I have been trying to work this out for a couple of days. I think I have seen a movie where John Wayne plays this very small role as a boxer where he says "I'm gonna (or maybe I'll) box his ears off" a couple of times. He is warming up or just waiting to enter the ring. I think he only was in the movie for about a minute. It is a long time ago and I probably saw it on TCM. It's the only scene I remember and I'm not even very clear on this one. Am I mistaken?

      Well if I'm not I would really like to know which movie this is from. I've tried looking through the titles of his very first movies but I can't remember for sure if I have seen any of them.

      Old January 20th, 2004

      hey i think the movie is called mother macame back in 1928 directed by john ford but i could be mistaken on that but if i rember right it is that one. the other movie where he plaed a boxer was the quiet man also directed by john ford back in 1952 he may have stayed that linbe in anothe way or another caracter could have stated it well see ya along the trail 00AD

      Old January 20th, 2004


      I think the film you are looking for is The Warner Brothers 1933 picture THE LIFE OF JIMMY DOLAN or as it was called in UK 'THE KID'S LAST FIGHT'.

      The film starred Douglas Fairbanks jnr as Jimmy Dolan and featured John Wayne briefly as Smith a boxer who is one of a trio taking on the local champion.

      Smith is the second boxer to face the heavy and although you never see the actual fight it is described graphically on the radio and he is beaten very badly.

      Considering his acting experience up to that point and he was playing a character who was very very nervous and slightly afraid I thought his characterization was very good.



      Old January 20th, 2004
      Popol Vuh

      Thanks guys.

      I searched a few sites to find a review of these movies. I didn't recognize the plot in "Mother Machree". I think maybe I have seen "The Life of Jimmy Dolan". I'll keep an eye out for these films. I'm pretty sure it must have been on TCM (I have a preference for movies made before the 1970's) and I'm sure they will send it again.

      Popol Vuh
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Gritty movies like The Life of Jimmy Dolan vanished until after the demise of the Production Code in the early 1960s.
      What movies Hollywood would have made if not for rigid censorship for over 25 years is an unanswerable question.
      Warner Bros. pre-code sound movies indicate that older movies made before censorship
      have dated a lot better than much of the drivel released during the Breen censorship period.

      What utter hogwash. Basically, this person from IMDB is stating that movies made during the Hayes Code period were garbage, when in fact this was the golden age of movie making. In fact, the year 1939 will never EVER be repeated again, for the sheer volume of fantastic films produced. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Stagecoach, Gone With The Wind, Destry Rides Again, etc and so forth. You have more quality films from that one year, than you can find in the last 15 years of films put together.

      Sound like this person is saying once violence and sex in films was toned down in 1934, that the industry went stink-o for the next 30 years. What complete nonsense.
    • Re: The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

      gt12pak wrote:

      Well here is one I've never seen, but it appears it will be shown on TCM Monday August 27 at 10:30 a. m.

      So gt, did you get to see this film?

      And to echo Keith's question above, has ANYone seen this film?

      We haven't, and I see it's not available on DVD or VHS, at least not at Amazon or Deep Discount.

      falc04, I appreciate your comments about the films from 1939! A GREAT year - too many wonderful films from which to choose!

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)


      I copied this film off of British cable television about two and a half years ago. in fact I had to do it twice because the first time I taped it I didn't have the sound on:glare:

      it came out from the John Wayne Society on DVD last year, and of course I updated it.

      The film is very good and I think John Wayne gives a surprisingly good performance bearing in mind his inexperience.


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    • Re: The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

      Hello and welcome to the board, Zitor. I want to thank you for sharing that clip with us. I've never seen this film and it is always a pleasure seeing Duke in something I havn't seen before. Many thanks!

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    • The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

      The most important appearance of John Wayne in "The Life of Jimmy Dolan", Archie Mayo, 1933.


      Clip courtesy of Zitor
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    • Re: The Life Of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

      Zitor wrote:

      Hi, I've just seen the film. I liked it in spite of John Wayne doesn't play an important role.
      I think you woud like to see him, so I upload his most important appearance to YouTube. This is the url:


      Welcome to the site Zitor! Nice to have someone from Spain, jump in here and make yourself at home! Oh, I posted your uploaded clip to our YouTube forum.
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