Kid Monk Baroni

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Kid Monk Baroni
Kid Monk Baroni FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Harold D. Schuster
Produced by Jack Broder (producer)
Herman Cohen (associate producer)
Written by Aben Kandel (original screenplay)
Dick Conway (additional dialogue)
Starring See below
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Cinematography Charles Van Enger
Edited by Jason H. Bernie
Distributed by Realart Pictures
Release dates 1952
Running time 79 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Kid Monk Baroni is a 1952 American film directed by Harold D. Schuster. It is also known as Young Paul Baroni in the United Kingdom and is noted for being an early film appearance for Leonard Nimoy, who would become famous for his role as Spock on the cult TV series Star Trek.

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From the New York Times:

"In the words of its star Leonard Nimoy, Kid Monk Baroni was the sort of film that "made unknowns out of celebrities." The young Nimoy is actually quite good as the title character, a boxer whose misshapen face has earned him the unwelcome nickname "Monk." Formerly an unregenerate street punk, Baroni is set on the proper path by parish priest Father Callahan (Richard Rober). Unfortunately, a run-in with his old gang forces Baroni to skip town. He becomes a professional pugilist under the aegis of manager Hellman (Bruce Cabot), taking out his pent-up frustrations in the ring. Able to afford plastic surgery, Baroni buys himself a handsome new face — and, with it, a dangerously oversized ego. Hoping to protect his new face from harm, Baroni washes out in the boxing ring, but redemption — and a lasting romance with Emily Brooks (Allene Roberts) -- await just around the corner. Kid Monk Baroni was well-directed by Harold Schuster, whose previous efforts included My Friend Flicka and So Dear to My Heart. A flop at the box office, the film did nothing for the career of Leonard Nimoy, who was obliged to spend the next 15 years in relative obscurity before attaining a second chance at big-time stardom with TV's Star Trek.



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