Big Boy

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  • 1930
  • 1 hr 8 min
  • 5.5  (129)

Big Boy is a classic musical comedy film released in 1930, directed by Alan Crosland, and starring Al Jolson, Claudia Dell, and Louise Closser Hale. The film is a slice of early 20th century cinema history and is renowned for its catchy music and Jolson's charismatic portrayal of the lead character. Set in New York City, the story revolves around a young man named Gus (Al Jolson), who works for a moving company. Gus dreams of becoming a professional boxer, but his limited education and working-class background make it difficult for him to realize his ambitions. However, a chance encounter with a wealthy businessman, Arthur 'Little Giant' Collins (Claudia Dell), helps Gus to realize his potential as a fighter.

Little Giant invites Gus to his home and introduces him to his beautiful daughter, Alice (Louise Closser Hale). It is here that Gus learns about the glamorous world of boxing, and Little Giant introduces him to some influential people who could help him achieve his goals. Gus is also attracted to Alice and is determined to win her heart.

As Gus rises through the ranks in the boxing world, he becomes embroiled in a web of betrayal and deceit. A rival promoter, Max Bronsky (Eddie Phillips), uses dirty tactics to try and sabotage Gus's career, and Little Giant also has some secrets to hide. However, Gus remains committed to his dream, and with the help of Alice, he ultimately triumphs over his opponents and secures his future.

Big Boy is notable for its rousing musical numbers, which feature Jolson performing some of his greatest hits, including "Little Pal" and "I'm Sitting on Top of the World." The film also showcases Jolson's trademark blackface performances, which were controversial even in their day but are now viewed as historical artifacts.

In addition to Jolson's performance, Claudia Dell and Louise Closser Hale deliver memorable supporting turns as the two women in Gus's life. Dell's portrayal of the savvy businesswoman who sees potential in Gus is a standout, while Closser Hale brings warmth and affection to her role as Alice.

Overall, Big Boy is a fun and entertaining film that offers a glimpse into the world of early 20th century boxing and the music that accompanied it. While some of the racial elements of Jolson's performances may be uncomfortable for modern viewers, his talent and charisma continue to shine through, making the film a classic of its time.

Big Boy is a 1930 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 8 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.

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    5.5  (129)