The Life of Jimmy Dolan

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The Life of Jimmy Dolan
Poster of the movie The Life of Jimmy Dolan.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Archie Mayo
Screenplay byDavid Boehm
Erwin S. Gelsey
Based onSucker (1933 play) by Bertram Millhauser
Beulah Marie Dix
Starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Loretta Young
Cinematography Arthur Edeson
Edited by Herbert I. Leeds
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • June 3, 1933 (1933-06-03)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Life of Jimmy Dolan, released in the UK as The Kid's Last Fight, is a 1933 American pre-Code film starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Loretta Young. [1] John Wayne has a small supporting role as a frightened boxer. The story was based on a 1933 play called "Sucker" by Bertram Millhauser. The film was remade in 1939 as They Made Me a Criminal .



Southpaw boxer Jimmy Dolan believes in clean living outside the ring, but blonde vixen Goldie West gets him drunk after a fight. Then when reporter Magee plans to write about Jimmy's behavior, a punch in the face accidentally kills Magee.

With the fighter certain to face charges and possible incarceration, his manager Doc Woods makes off with Jimmy's money and watch. Driving away with Goldie, they end up in a fiery car crash and are killed. Doc's face is unrecognizable, and because he's wearing Jimmy's watch, it is believed the boxer is dead.

A detective, Phlaxer, is unconvinced. The watch is on the wrong wrist for a left-hander. Jimmy, trying to take advantage of the situation and begin a new life, disappears. On the verge of starvation, he comes across a farm run for crippled children by a young woman named Peggy and her aunt. He helps them with the kids as thanks for their hospitality.

A charity match against boxer King Cobra is arranged to raise badly needed money for the farm's mortgage. A photograph of Daugherty makes it obvious to Phlaxer that fugitive Jimmy Dolan is very much alive. He intends to take him into custody, but upon seeing how Jimmy's life has changed for the better, the detective lets him remain free.


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  1. Bruce Eder (2015). "The Life of Jimmy Dolan". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times . Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on November 24, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015.