“Say, did you ever see a bellhop didn’t want to be a fighter?” How can you go wrong with a crime drama/boxing flick/romance boasting a first-rate cast that features Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis? A naïve bellhop named “Ward Guisenberry” (Wayne Morris) with a mean right hook gets thrust into the sleazy world of professional boxing by tough-as-nails fight promoter “Nick Donati” (Robinson), who remarks, “Well, there isn’t any room for feelings in this game. A fighter’s a machine, not a human being.” However, Ward’s dream of winning the championship and buying a farm starts to fall apart when he falls in love with Nick’s sister “Marie” (Jane Bryan). You see, Nick doesn’t want his sister to associate with anyone in the fight game. The couple carries on a relationship behind Nick’s back until they are “outed” by the press. Davis portrays Nick’s sometime girlfriend and slut-with-a-heart-of-gold “Louise ‘Fluff’ Phillips,” while Bogart excels as sleazy mobster “Turkey Morgan” (unfortunately Bogie’s only onscreen for a total of about 10 minutes). The cast also includes Harry Carey as “Silver Jackson.” Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), Kid Galahad was based on the 1936 novel of the same name by Francis Wallace (“Good-Natured Kid Turns Ring Killer”). Kid Galahad was later released on TV as The Battling Bellhop.
Useless Trivia: Kid Galahad was remade as a musical in 1962 with Elvis Presley as boxer “Walter Gulick,” along with a supporting cast that included Gig Young, Lola Albright and Charles Bronson.