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Directed by King Vidor • 1931 • United States
Starring Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich
Wallace Beery won an Academy Award and Jackie Cooper was launched to stardom for their indelible portrayals of a broken-down prizefighter and his devoted son in this deeply moving, unabashedly sentimental tale of redemption. Andy Purcell (Beery) used to be a champion boxer but is now a washed-up alcoholic who can barely afford to keep himself and his boy (Cooper) alive. When his ex-wife threatens to take custody of the child, Flynn must train, fight, and find it within himself to once again become a winner. Frances Marion won an Oscar for her heartfelt script, making her the first screenwriter in history to win two Academy Awards.