90 Days of Oscar Nominees #2 – The Champ (1931)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 2nd review of the 90 chosen Films…

“The Champ and I ain’t fixed up swell as this, but our joint’s more lively.” – Dink

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A former boxing champion tries to make a comeback but first must get over his alcohol and gambling addictions while raising his young son on his own.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew the basic story about already since I saw the 1979 remake with Jon Voight and Ricky Schroeder numerous times as a kid.

The fact that this film deals with issues that were not discussed so much at the time says so much more about the kind of film it is.

A film dealing with issues of alcoholism, gambling addiction and a father raising a kid on his own are really groundbreaking issues to be discussed in the 30’s and this film handles all of them so well.

The father-son relationship works quite well here largely due to the feeling by the characters that it is so genuine.

Wallace Beery was able to win an Oscar for Best Actor for the way that he portrays this very flawed character.

We can really feel the pain and the difficulties that he faces as he tries to overcome the problems that he deals with.

Bottom Line – Great story about issues that weren’t really discussed at the time. The connection between the Champ and Dink works really well and it’s easy to believe that they are really father and son. Beery deservingly won an Oscar for best actor for this role because we really can feel the pain and difficulties that he constantly faces and tries to overcome.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Wallace Beery actually got one less vote than Fredric March in the 1931/1932 Academy Awards voting for best actor, but the rules at the time considered anyone with one or two votes less than the leader as being in a tie. So both got Academy Awards. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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