GenreDrama, Romance Music directorVictor Young LanguageEnglish
WriterLewis Meltzer, Daniel Taradash, Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, Clifford Odets Release date1939 (1939) CastBarbara Stanwyck (Lorna Moon), Adolphe Menjou (Tom Moody), William Holden (Joe Bonaparte), Lee J. Cobb (Mr. Bonaparte), Joseph Calleia (Eddie Fuseli), Sam Levene (Siggie) Similar moviesSouthpaw, Rocky II, Rocky, Rocky IV, Rocky V, Rocky III
TaglineA Famous Play.....Now A Great Picture!
Golden boy 1939 barbara stanwyck adolphe menjou william holden
Golden Boy is a 1939 drama romance film based on the Clifford Odets play of the same name. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, The film stars Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou and William Holden.
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Golden Boy features William Holden in his film debut, the role that made him a star: a promising violinist who wants to be a boxer. Barbara Stanwyck plays his love interest. The supporting cast includes Lee J. Cobb in an unusual role as the bewhiskered Italian immigrant father of Holden's character.
The producers were initially unhappy with Holden's work and tried to dismiss him, but Stanwyck insisted that he be retained. Thirty-nine years later, when Holden and Stanwyck were joint presenters at the 1978 Academy Awards, he interrupted their reading of a nominee list to publicly thank her for saving his career.
Barbara Stanwyck as Lorna Moon
Adolphe Menjou as Tom Moody
William Holden as Joe Bonaparte
Lee J. Cobb as Mr. Bonaparte
Joseph Calleia as Eddie Fuseli
Sam Levene as Siggie
Edward Brophy as Roxy Lewis
Victor Young received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.
On January 7, 1940, Stanwyck performed a parody of Golden Boy on The Jack Benny Program.