Taken from their album, "The History Mix Volume 1"
Golden Boy is a 1939 drama romance film based on the Clifford Odets play of the same name. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, The film stars Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou and William Holden.
Golden Boy features William Holden in his film debut, the role that made him a star: a promising violinist who wants to be a boxer. Barbara Stanwyck plays his love interest. The supporting cast includes Lee J. Cobb in an unusual role as the bewhiskered Italian immigrant father of Holden's character.
The producers were initially unhappy with Holden's work and tried to dismiss him, but Stanwyck insisted that he be retained. Thirty-nine years later, when Holden and Stanwyck were joint presenters at the 1978 Academy Awards, he interrupted their reading of a nominee list to publicly thank her for saving his career.
Barbara Stanwyck as Lorna Moon
Adolphe Menjou as Tom Moody
William Holden as Joe Bonaparte
Lee J. Cobb as Mr. Bonaparte
Joseph Calleia as Eddie Fuseli
Sam Levene as Siggie
Edward Brophy as Roxy Lewis
On January 7, 1940, Stanwyck performed a parody of Golden Boy on The Jack Benny Program.