The Duke Comes Back (November 29, 1937)

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The Duke Comes Back
 

Released on November 29, 1937: If a prize fighter wins the big fight he can save the family from disgrace and prison for the papa, but his wife and young boy will be killed unless he takes a fall.

Directed by Irving Pichel

The Actors: Allan Lane (Duke Foster), Heather Angel (Susan Corbin-Foster), Genevieve Tobin (Pauline Corbin), Johnny Russell (Jimmy Foster), Joseph Crehan (Pat Doyle), Frederick Burton (Arnold Corbin), Ben Welden (Barney), Selmer Jackson (Bronski press agent Jim Watson), Clyde Dilson (Bronski press agent Barnum Parke), George Lynn (Al), Victor Adams (Nick), Art Lasky (Joe Bronski), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (Snowflake), Byron Foulger (Peters, the Foster butler), George Cooper (Janitor), Howard Brooks (toy vendor), George Chandler (unknown), Harry Depp (unknown), Jimmy O'Gatty (unknown)

 

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Hobson's Choice - An offer you cannot refuse

Thomas Hobson was a British stable owner in the early 1600's that gave his customers a choice, a choice that was designed to provide only one answer. He would offer someone wanting to ride the choice of the horse in the first stall . . . or . . . none at all. They had a choice, but if they wanted to ride, there was really no choice at all. This movie about a wealthy family with a famous boxer who marries the young daughter. Duke Foster is a Yale graduate from a poor but respectable New England family. He is in love with a society girl in New York whose father is a wealthy stock broker and connected to all the society folk in the city. It is the night before Duke and Susan are to be married and the Duke fights the champion and wins easily, becoming an instant celebrity. With radio microphones surrounding him he announces that this will be his last fight . . . he will retire as the undefeated heavyweight champion to marry his sweetie. Five years pass and he has a little boy and is a happy part of the family. Wealthy stock broker papa has gambled on the stock market and lost not only his money but all of the money from his wealthy clients, and is in danger of going to prison and bringing disgrace on the family unless he can come up with a fortune in cash immediately. Good son-in-law Duke Foster, played by Allan Lane, discovers that he can get the money to bail out the papa if he goes back to the fight ring and challenges the new champion. This leads to that, and our 'Hobson's Choice' is added to the plot . . . two mobsters have bet heavily on the champion, but Duke must lose the fight for them to win, and when they watch Duke training it becomes apparent that he will easily beat the champion. They decide that they must hold his wife and young son hostage and threaten to kill them unless he takes a fall and loses the match . . . that is the choice that the Duke has . . . win the fight and save papa and his reputation but lose his wife and son, or take a fall and ruin the family and his reputation, and keep his wife and child from being killed. What choice does he have? What will he choose to do? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Allan Lane and Ben Welden
Allan Lane and Ben Welden
Allan Lane and Genevieve Tobin and Joseph Crehan
Allan Lane and Genevieve Tobin and Joseph Crehan
Allan Lane and Genevieve Tobin
Allan Lane and Genevieve Tobin
Allan Lane and George Lynn
Allan Lane and George Lynn
Allan Lane and Heather Angel
Allan Lane and Heather Angel
Allan Lane and Heather Angel
Allan Lane and Heather Angel
Allan Lane
Allan Lane
Ben Welden and Johnny Russell
Ben Welden and Johnny Russell
Ben Welden and Joseph Crehan
Ben Welden and Joseph Crehan
Ben Welden and Johnny Russell
Ben Welden and Johnny Russell
Ben Welden and Joseph Crehan
Ben Welden and Joseph Crehan
Ben Welden
Ben Welden
Byron Foulger and George Lynn
Byron Foulger and George Lynn
Clyde Dilson
Clyde Dilson
Frederick Burton and Heather Angel
Frederick Burton and Heather Angel
Frederick Burton
Frederick Burton
Genevieve Tobin, Allan Lane and Ben Welden
Genevieve Tobin, Allan Lane and Ben Welden
Genevieve Tobin and Heather Angel
Genevieve Tobin and Heather Angel
Genevieve Tobin
Genevieve Tobin
George Cooper and Johnny Russell
George Cooper and Johnny Russell
George Cooper
George Cooper
George Lynn, Frederick Burton and Heather Angel
George Lynn, Frederick Burton and Heather Angel
George Lynn and VIctor Adams
George Lynn and Victor Adams
George Lynn and Victor Adams
George Lynn and Victor Adams
George Lynn
George Lynn
Heather Angel and Ben Welden
Heather Angel and Ben Welden
Heather Angel and Johnny Russell
Heather Angel and Johnny Russell
Heather Angel and Johnny Russell in The Duke Comes Back
Heather Angel and Johnny Russell in The Duke Comes Back
Heather Angel in The Duke Comes Back
Heather Angel in The Duke Comes Back
Johnny Russell
Johnny Russell
Joseph Crehan, Allan Lane and Ben Welden
Joseph Crehan, Allan Lane and Ben Welden
Joseph Crehan and CLyde Dilson
Joseph Crehan and CLyde Dilson
Joseph Crehan and George Lynn
Joseph Crehan and George Lynn
Joseph Crehan on The Duke Comes Back
Joseph Crehan on The Duke Comes Back
Movie credit screen for Allan Lane
Movie credit screen for Allan Lane
Movie credit screen for Genevieve Tobin
Movie credit screen for Genevieve Tobin
Movie credit screen for Heather Angel
Movie credit screen for Heather Angel
Selmer Jackson and Clyde Dilson
Selmer Jackson and Clyde Dilson
Selmer Jackson
Selmer Jackson
Victor Adams and Johnny Russell
Victor Adams and Johnny Russell
Victor Adams in The Duke Comes Back
Victor Adams in The Duke Comes Back