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The Kid from Kokomo (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 23 May 1939 (USA)
A fight promoter finds his fighter, Wayne Morris, in the sticks, a country hick left by his mother when he was young and he won't leave his home as he is still waiting for her to return to ... See full summary »


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Richard Macaulay, Dalton Trumbo (story "Broadway Cavalier") | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... William Jennings 'Billy / 'Square Shooting Murph' Murphy
Wayne Morris ... Homer Baston
Joan Blondell ... Doris Harvey
May Robson ... Margaret 'Maggie' / 'Ma' Manell
Jane Wyman ... Marian Bronson
Stanley Fields ... Muscles Malone
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Curley Bender
Sidney Toler ... Judge William 'Gashouse' Bronson
Edward Brophy ... Eddie Black (as Ed Brophy)
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Bronson
Morgan Conway ... Louie, a 50% Owner
John Ridgely ... Sam, a 50% Owner
Ward Bond ... Ladislaw Klewicki
Paul Hurst ... First Old Man in Fistfight


A fight promoter finds his fighter, Wayne Morris, in the sticks, a country hick left by his mother when he was young and he won't leave his home as he is still waiting for her to return to him. promoter, Pat o'brien cons him into coming with him by telling him the exposure in the papers will help him find her. O'brien later hires an old drunk woman, the great May Robson, to play the part of "mom". Written by dictracy23

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Comedy | Romance








Release Date:

23 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Cavalier See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although it sounds fictitious, Kokomo is an actual place - a mid-sized industrial city about two hour's drive North of Indianapolis. Over time, its name has come to symbolize the typical American small town. See more »


The end credits list May Robson's character's last name as "Martin" but she is called "Manell" in the film. See more »


Doris Harvey: Prince Philip, where'd you get drizzle-puss?
William Jennings 'Billy: Night court.
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A boy's best friend is his mother
6 January 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A whole lot of the best players that Warner Brothers had under contract got signed for this film. But personally I found the whole thing a bit too much. No one could be as naive as Wayne Morris as The Kid From Kokomo.

Which is where Pat O'Brien fight manager, girlfriend Joan Blondell and trainer Edward Brophy have gone looking for a fighter with a reputed devastating right hand. But the guy whom they were seeking Ward Bond, they see get flattened by farm kid Wayne Morris.

It seems as though Morris was abandoned by his mom at a tender age and never knew his dad. God knows who raised him, but he's going to stay at the farm because even after 22 years mom will come home to claim him.

What to do but get a mother for him so in night court Pat O'Brien finds May Robson an old wino once an actress who has certainly seen better days.

Basically The Kid From Kokomo depends on Morris and Robson recycling roles that they got famous for, Morris in Kid Galahad and Robson from Lady For A Day. But their parts her are pale imitations of the roles from those better known pictures.

The Kid From Kokomo other than Morris's quest for mom is your usual boxing picture. Pat O'Brien and Joan Blondell are also in parts they've done a couple dozen times.

Usually with a cast like this I'd be more than generous, but Morris's character for me was so preposterous and so off putting that I can't believe in 1939 people took this any kind of seriously. Morris isn't naive, the guy is positively backward.

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