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The Great John L. Details

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Greg McClure stars as legendary boxer John L. Sullivan in this screen biography of the famous fighter. Known as "The Boston Strong Boy," Sullivan was a bare-knuckle brawler who rose from humble circumstances to become the world's heavyweight champion from 1882 to 1892. While Sullivan was a skilled hand in the ring, fame and wealth took a toll on his ego, and as drinking and high-living replaced disciplined training, Sullivan's fighting edge disappeared. In 1892, Sullivan lost his title to James J. Corbett (Rory Calhoun), and after that came a slow descent into alcoholism and poverty, with Sullivan losing most of his friends and the love of his life along with his self-respect. However, Sullivan eventually cleaned himself up and rose to his feet for one final stab at the title. The Great John L. also features Linda Darnell, Barbara Britton, Otto Kruger, and Wallace Ford. The life of James J. Corbett had been made into a movie three years prior to this, as Wallace Ford, with Errol Flynn as Corbett and Ward Bond as Sullivan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Greg McClure
as John L. Sullivan
Linda Darnell
as Anne Livinstone
Barbara Britton
as Kathy Harkness
J.M. Kerrigan
as Father O'Malley
Otto Kruger
as Richard Martin
Wallace Ford
as McManus
Joel Friedkin
as Michael Sullivan
Harry Crocker
as Arthur Brisbane
Hope Landin
as Maura Sullivan
Ernie S. Adams
as Waiter
Rory Calhoun
as James J. Corbett
Dick Curtis
as Waldo
George Eldredge
as Crony
Tom Fadden
as Clerk
Fritz Feld
as Claire's Manager
Nolan Leary
as Restaurant Waiter
Rex Lease
as Corbett's Manager
George Lloyd
as Boss
Edwin Maxwell
as Exhibition Ring Announcer
Milton Parsons
as Health Restaurant Waiter
Dewey Robinson
as Diner
Edwin Maxwell
as Exhibition Ring Announcer
Ernie S. Adams
as Waiter
George Lloyd
as Boss
George Eldredge
as Crony
Milton Parsons
as Health Restaurant Waiter
Nolan Leary
as Restaurant Waiter
Tom Fadden
as Clerk
Rex Lease
as Corbett's Manager
Rory Calhoun
as James J. Corbett
Fritz Feld
as Claire's Manager
Dick Curtis
as Waldo

Crew

Frank Tuttle
Director
James Edward Grant
Producer
James Edward Grant
Screenwriter
James Van Trees
Cinematographer
Jimmy Van Heusen
Songwriter
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Victor Young
Musical Direction/Supervision
John Indrisano
Stunts
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