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Kid Nightingale
1939 Jump to Synopsis and Details
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A singing waiter with a wonderful operatic voice finds himself in the squared circle facing heavyweight boxers after he gets involved with crooked fight promoters who want him to both win the world heavyweight championship and attract more female fans with his post bout crooning. The promoters gull the waiter into his bizarre gig with the bogus promise that boxing will improve his singing. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide


John Payne as Steve Nelson aka Kid Nightingale

Jane Wyman as Judy Craig

Walter Catlett as Alonzo P. 'Honest Skip' Davis

Edward Brophy as Michael 'Mike' Jordon

Charles D. Brown as Charles 'Pax' Paxton

Max Hoffman Jr. as Fitts (as Max Hoffman)

John Ridgely as Whitey

Harry Burns as Strangler Colombo / Rudolfo Terrassi

William Haade as Rocky Snyder, Fighter

Helen Troy as Marge, Paxton's Secretary

Winifred Harris as Mrs. Reynolds

Lee Phelps as Ring Announcer

Frankie Van as Frankie, Steve's Trainer

Phyllis Barry as First Girl with Mrs. Reynolds

James Blaine as Policeman

George Blake as Referee

Nat Carr as Calif. Boxing Commissioner Representative

Glen Cavender as Man Leaving Dynamite Dennis Fight

Abe Dinovitch as Second Drunk at Soxey's

Pat Flaherty as Soxey, Tavern Owner

Pauline Haddon as Second Girl With Mrs. Reynolds

Creighton Hale as Man Answering Telephone at Lessernan's Gymnasium

John Harron as Clipper

Edna Holland as Madame Svenson, Gym Instructress

Stuart Holmes as Bartender

John Kelly as Dynamite Dennis

Kenner G. Kemp as Extra

Vera Lewis as Woman Crashing Vase

Al Lloyd as Max, a Bill Collector

Jerry Mandy as Stincowski, Leader of Sextet

Steve Mason as Fighter

Frank Mayo as Tall Creditor

Jack Mower as Dan, the Guard

Constantine Romanoff as Bald Wrestler

Ralph Sanford as First Drunk, at Soxey's

Mike Tellegen as Second Wrestler

Bobby Watson as Oscar, the Service Station Man

Leo White as Creditor with Mustache / Fight Crowd Extra

Tom Wilson as Kid's Trainer

Claude Wisberg as Messenger with Telegram


Directed by
George Amy

Writing credits
Lee Katz - story
Raymond L. Schrock and Charles Belden - screenwriter

Produced by
Bryan Foy - producer
Mark Hellinger - associate producer
Hal B. Wallis - executive producer
Jack L. Warner - executive producer

Original Music by
Howard Jackson
M.K. Jerome
Jack Scholl

Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson

Film Editing by
Frederick Richards

Art Direction by
Ted Smith

Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)

Production Management
Lee Hugunin - production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester D. Guthrie - assistant director

Sound Department
Everett A. Brown - sound

Other crew
Harry Seymour - dialogue director


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