Golden Boy (film)

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Golden Boy
GoldenBoyPoster.jpg
Original poster
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
Produced by Rouben Mamoulian
William Perlberg
Written by Lewis Meltzer
Daniel Taradash
Sarah Y. Mason
Victor Heerman
Clifford Odets (play)
Starring William Holden
Barbara Stanwyck
Lee J. Cobb
Cinematography Nick Musuraca
Karl Freund
Edited by Otto Meyer
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates 1939 (1939)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Golden Boy is a 1939 black-and-white Columbia Pictures drama film based on the Clifford Odets play of the same name. It features William Holden in his film debut, the role that made him a star: a promising violinist who wants to be a boxer. Barbara Stanwyck plays his love interest. The supporting cast included Lee J. Cobb (in an unusual role as the bewhiskered Italian immigrant father of Holden's character) and Adolphe Menjou.

The producers were initially unhappy with Holden's work and tried to dismiss him, but Stanwyck insisted that he be retained. Thirty-nine years later, when Holden and Stanwyck were joint presenters at the 1977 Academy Awards, he interrupted their reading of a nominee list to publicly thank her for saving his career.[1]

Victor Young was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

On 7 January 1940, Stanwyck performed a parody of Golden Boy on The Jack Benny Program.[2]

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