The Pittsburgh Kid

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Sports

Onetime light-heavyweight champion and longtime heavyweight boxing contender Billy Conn more or less plays himself in this ring saga about a fighter whose troubles begin when his manager dies. A considerably less scrupulous boxing handler (Jonathan Hale) uses his sexy daughter, Barbara (Veda Ann Borg), to try to entice "The Pittsburgh Kid" into signing...read more

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Onetime light-heavyweight champion and longtime heavyweight boxing contender Billy Conn more or less plays himself in this ring saga about a fighter whose troubles begin when his manager dies. A considerably less scrupulous boxing handler (Jonathan Hale) uses his sexy daughter, Barbara

(Veda Ann Borg), to try to entice "The Pittsburgh Kid" into signing with him, but Patricia (Jean Parker), the daughter of Billy's old manager, takes over the handling of his career and the two fall for each other in the process. Before the picture's final bell, however, Billy gets a championship

shot and Barbara's jealous boy friend is killed, with Billy up on murder charges you can be pretty damn sure he'll beat. Republic thought it had a coup when it signed Conn to star in this picture, inasmuch as the boxer had an upcoming championship fight with Joe Louis. What the studio didn't count

on, though, was Conn's lack of acting ability and the KO punch Louis delivered in the 13th round of the fight, which the small challenger had been winning. "The Brown Bomber" and Conn fought again in 1946, and again Louis sent Conn to the canvas.

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