Two of the screen's most salable staples are united in Kid Galahad. One is Elvis Presley. The other is one of the most hackneyed yarns in the annals of cinema fiction - the one about the wholesome, greenhorn kid who wanders into training camp (be it Stillman's Gym or the Catskills), kayoes with one mighty right the hardest belter on the premises, gets an instant nickname and proceeds to score a string of victories en route to the inevitable big fight in which the fix is on.

Two of the screen’s most salable staples are united in Kid Galahad. One is Elvis Presley. The other is one of the most hackneyed yarns in the annals of cinema fiction – the one about the wholesome, greenhorn kid who wanders into training camp (be it Stillman’s Gym or the Catskills), kayoes with one mighty right the hardest belter on the premises, gets an instant nickname and proceeds to score a string of victories en route to the inevitable big fight in which the fix is on.

Presley’s acting resources are limited. It is, however, a surprisingly paunchy Presley in this film, and the added avoirdupois, unaided by camera, is not especially becoming. Elvis sings some half a dozen songs.

Gig Young labors through the trite, confusing part of the mixed-up proprietor of the upstate boxing stable. Pretty Joan Blackman overacts as Presley’s girl. But there are two strong principal performers. One is Lola Albright as Young’s unrequited torch-carrier, the other Charles Bronson as an understanding trainer.

Idyllwild, California, does not closely resemble the Catskill Mountain terrain of NY, locale of the story.

Kid Galahad

Production

United Artists. Director Phil Karlson; Producer David Weisbart; Screenplay William Fay; Camera Burnett Guffey; Editor Stuart Gilmore; Music Jeff Alexander; Art Director Cary Odell

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1962. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Elvis Presley Gig Young Lola Albright Joan Blackman Charles Bronson Ned Glass
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