The Champ (1931)

90EPISODE #41: In this episode, James and Lara discuss THE CHAMP (1931), while on location at the legendary Beverly Hills estate that was built in the 1920s by the film’s director King Vidor. This episode also has a video version that you can watch on YouTube (search YouTube for Classic Movie Recall). In the video version, you’ll get a peek inside this ultra-exclusive home (later owned by actor John Barrymore and director Tony Scott), and also a drone’s-eye view of the stunning grounds. This episode delves into Jackie Cooper’s astonishing performance at such a young age, Wallace Beery’s plan to become the highest paid actor in Hollywood, and the innovative way that King Vidor moved the camera to capture some exciting boxing sequences in the early days of “talkies.” We also discuss Frances Marion’s terrific script, and the power that women had as Hollywood was just becoming Hollywood.

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