A nice jab from a year of haymakers.
1939 is usually everyone’s first choice for “best movie year ever,” with Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Gunga Din, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington leading an all-star lineup.
With those heavyweights, and a ton more, this lighthearted tale of a boxer finding redemption while hiding out from a false murder charge, is often overlooked.
John Garfield is the mook, Claude Rains is the cop on his tail, and Busby Berkeley, better known for his epic musicals, directs.
It might not be an all-timer, but it is tasty corn.