The Joe Louis Story (September 18, 1953)

The Joe Lewis Story
 

Released September 18, 1953: (running time 1 hour and 27 minutes) The story of boxer Joe Louis, who held the heavyweight championship for 12 years, longer than anyone else, even Mohammed Ali.

Directed by Robert Gordon

The Actors: Corey Wallace (Joe Louis), Hilda Simms (Marva Trotter Louis), Paul Stewart (Tad McGeehan, newspaper reporter), James Edwards (Jack 'Chappie' Blackburn, trainer), John Marley (Mannie Seamon, trainer), Dots Johnson (Julian Black), Evelyn Ellis (Mrs. Barrows), Carl 'Rocky' Latimer (Arthur Pine, boxer who wants to be a lawyer), John Marriott (Sam Langford), Ike Jones (Johnny Kingston), P. Jay Sidney (John Roxborough, handler), Royal Beal (Mike Jacobs), Herbert Ratner (newspaper reporter), Ruby Goldstein (himself), Norman Rose (Lieutenant), David Kurlan (bartender), Ralph Stantley (Nick the announcer), Shorty Linton (himself, trainer), Anita Ellis (herself, nightclub singer), Ellis Larkins (himself, musician), Max Baer (himself, archive footage), Jimmy Braddock (himself, archive footage), Primo Carnera (himself, archive footage), Sidney Clute (Lou, reporter), Ossie Davis (Bob), Clark Howat (reporter in locker room), Joe Louis (himself, archive footage), Rocky Marciano (himself, archive footage), Tiger Joe Marsh (himself), Albert Popwell (reporter in locker room), Max Schmeling (himself), William Thourlby (Max Schmeling), Walter Winchell (himself)

 

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The First Black American Hero

I’ve gotta tell you, when I was a kid boxing wasn’t a big sports event in our home. Yeah, I remember hearing about Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, and some of the others, but I never realized how much impact Heavyweight Champion of the World Joe Louis had on Americans in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I never realized that he was boxing champ for more continuous years than any other boxer.

Today Football is the king of sports in America, with just about every male and plenty of females following their favorite team and players. But in the 1930’s and 1940’s, it was boxers that were on everyone’s lips and talked about at every office water cooler. And Joe Louis was the best of the best.

The Joe Louis Story opens with a young teen that by chance gets into boxing and discovers that it can be his ticket out of family poverty. His mother sees the passion in his swollen eyes and tells him that if that is what he really wants, she will back him.

Soon he is fighting professionally and winning every fight. But one day he fights the German champion Max Schmeling. Max beat Joe fair and square, and that night Joe Louis lost some of the swagger in his attitude - he discovered that he was not invincible. I believe that this loss was what made Joe a real winner. Not until he lost that fight did he get a REAL passion for winning.

Joe Louis became the first African-American national hero, becoming a role model to kids of every color and every background. Joe Louis was the World Heavyweight Champion for longer than anyone - including the great Muhammad Ali. International Boxing Research Organization named Joe Louis the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time in 2005.

As you watch his story, know that boxer Coley Wallace plays the part of Joe Louis, but you will see the real Joe Louis at his best. Throughout the story, when Joe Louis is fighting some of the best boxers in the world, we will see actual film footage of those fights. Every time we watch two boxers in the ring, it is the actual Joe Louis and the actual opponent of those great matches. Only the close-up shots are filmed with the actor playing Joe Louis. The real fighting is the real men in the real ring in the real competition. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Anita Ellis
Anita Ellis
Anita Ellis
Anita Ellis
Coley Wallace
Coley Wallace
Coley Wallace, Hilda Simms
Coley Wallace, Hilda Simms
Coley Wallace, Shorty Linton
Coley Wallace, Shorty Linton
Coley Wallace
Coley Wallace
Coley Wallace, Hilda Simms
Coley Wallace, Hilda Simms
Coley Wallace
Coley Wallace
Coley Wallace, John Marriott
Coley Wallace, John Marriott
Coley Wallace, John Marriott
Coley Wallace, John Marriott
David Kurlan
David Kurlan
Evelyn Ellis
Evelyn Ellis
Hilda Simms
Hilda Simms
Hilda Simms, Evelyn Ellis
Hilda Simms, Evelyn Ellis
Hilda Simms
Hilda Simms
Hilda Simms
Hilda Simms
Ike Jones, Coley Wallace
Ike Jones, Coley Wallace
James Edwards
James Edwards
James Edwards, Coley Wallace
James Edwards, Coley Wallace
James Edwards, Dots Johnson
James Edwards, Dots Johnson
James Edwards, John Marley
James Edwards, John Marley
James Edwards, Dots Johnson
James Edwards, Dots Johnson
James Edwards
James Edwards
John Marley
John Marley
John Marriott
John Marriott
Norman Rose
Norman Rose
P. Jay Sidney, Coley Wallace
P. Jay Sidney, Coley Wallace
Paul Stewart, Royal Beal
Paul Stewart, Royal Beal
Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart
Paul Stewart