The Champ (1931) and The Champ (1979)
Last night, when we got tired of a certain show, mom said, "Let's check what's showing on TCM." So we did. THE CHAMP(1931) was playing with the famous Jackie Cooper as the devoted son named Dink and Wallace Beery as The Champ. At first I thought it was Jerry Lewis, but it said 1931 so it couldn't be him, then mom said, "That's the father in A DATE with JUDY!"
So it was.
We felt for Dink. His "has been" dad has been exposing him to environments that are not child-friendly. Although he had friends his age, he grew up too soon. It seemed like he was more of The Champ's parent rather than the son.
Please read the imdb reviews.
- Wallace Beery as Champ (Andy Purcell)
- Jackie Cooper as Dink
- Irene Rich as Linda
- Roscoe Ates as Sponge
- Edward Brophy as Tim
- Hale Hamilton as Tony
- Jesse Scott as Jonah
- Marcia Mae Jones as Mary Lou
The 1979 film was very dramatic. The 1931 classic was as well dramatic, but there were lighter moments. My brother noticed that as a former champion boxer, Wallace Beery's footwork was not technical and so were his moves. I think that's what improved in the 1979 film.
I like both films, but after watching the 1931 version, I think I like the original better. Jackie Cooper is Jackie Cooper. Wallace Beery was not bad too. He won an Oscar for his role. Jackie Cooper should've won it instead.
The two movies are different. The only things the same with them are:
1) The Title;
2)The father/son relationship;
3) the horses;
4) the estranged mother;
5) pugilism ++;
6) and the ending
If there was something I liked better with the 1979 remake, it's the Theme Song: