DirectorAlfred Santell Music directorCecil Copping CountryUnited States
CastRichard Barthelmess (Patent Leather Kid), Molly O'Day (Curley Boyle, the Golden Dancer), Lawford Davidson (Lieutenant Hugo Breen), Matthew Betz (Jake Stuke), Arthur Stone (Jimmy Kinch), Ray Turner (Mabile Molasses) LanguageSilent film (English Intertitles) Release dateSeptember 1, 1927 (1927-09-01) WriterGerald C. Duffy (titles), Winifred Dunn, Rupert Hughes (story), Adela Rogers St. Johns (adaptation) Similar moviesSouthpaw, Rocky, Pulp Fiction, The Boy Next Door, Rocky II, Real Steel
TaglineFries of youth and courage that will set your heart ablaze! The love-romance that Broadway held dear to its heart for four months!
The Patent Leather Kid is a 1927 silent film which tells the story of a boxer who scoffs at fighting outside the ring... particularly for the United States once it enters World War I. Eventually, he is drafted, is shipped overseas, and performs a heroic act, which results in his being severely wounded. It stars Richard Barthelmess, Molly O'Day, Lawford Davidson, Matthew Betz and Arthur Stone.
The movie was adapted by Gerald C. Duffy (titles), Winifred Dunn, Casey Robinson (uncredited) and Adela Rogers St. Johns from the story by Rupert Hughes. It was directed by Alfred Santell.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (Richard Barthelmess).