Cinema: The New Pictures: Nov. 23, 1931

The Champ (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) will probably extract more tears than any other cinema made in 1931, with the possible exception of The Sin of Madelon Claudet (TIME, Nov. 9). It is about a broken-down pugilist (Wallace Beery) and his ragamuffin son (Jackie Cooper). There is really only one situation¬óJackie Cooper struggling to go on worshiping his father in the face of Beery's unworthy behavior (guzzling, crap-shooting, brawling in bad company) and Beery, shamed at his shiftlessness, struggling to preserve his son's loyalty. Every time Beery gets drunk, gambles away the racehorse which he has presented...

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