This 1937 boxing melodrama was eclipsed by its own 1962 remake starring Elvis Presley and suffered a humiliating title change (The Battling Bellhop) for TV distribution. Regardless, Michael Curtiz’s film, starring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis, is sufficiently sturdy to go 12 rounds with any comer and exhibited enough moxey to earn a rematch in 1941 as The Wagons Roll At Night, again with Bogart. For a thoroughly researched and fascinating look at Curtiz’ prolific career, look at Alan K. Rode’s comprehensive biography Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, which can be ordered here.
About Michael Schlesinger
Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.