|The Kid enters the arena to loud boos|
The Patent Leather Kid, 1927, was one of Richard Barthelmess' biggest successes. It's rather oddly like two movies in one -- the first half is a lively but typical sports movie. Then in the middle it suddenly turns into a war movie. Barthelmess is a tough, streetwise prize fighter heading for the title (lightweight, one presumes) who finds that fighting against a single opponent in the boxing ring is not the same thing at all as fighting against tanks, artillery, and mustard gas. (The basic story was re-used for The Fighting 69th).
The Kid has a funny and very sexy relationship with a nightclub dancer, Curley (played by Mollie O'Day) who first attracts his attention by hurling abuse at him from ringside.
Again, the only print I have ever seen is not that great; I'm sure the huge battles at the end would be very impressive -- if you could see it!
Here are a few glimpses:
|A small but powerful fighter|
|Curley annoys and intrigues him|
|It seems they were made for each other|