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Kid Galahad
Directed by Phil Karlson
Produced by David Weisbart
Written by Francis Wallace (story)
William Fay
Starring Elvis Presley
Lola Albright
Gig Young
Joan Blackman
Charles Bronson
Music by Jeff Alexander
Cinematography Burnett Guffey
Editing by Stuart Gilmore
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) August 11, 1962
Running time 95 min.
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Follow That Dream
Followed by Girls! Girls! Girls!

Kid Galahad is a 1962 musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. The film was released by United Artists.

The movie was filmed on location in Idyllwild, California and is noted for having a strong supporting cast. Most critics rate it as one of Presley's best performances.

The film is a remake of the 1937 original version starring Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart. UA had owned the original version at the time of the remake's release.



Willy Grogan is a small-time boxing promoter, based in the Catskills resort region of New York. He has debts to pay and often pays too little attention to the woman who loves him, Dolly. Into their midst comes Walter, a young man recently discharged from the Army who loves the peaceful setting almost as much as he loves working on old cars. Walter's simple goal is to go into business as a mechanic at a nearby garage.

One day he intercedes on a lady's behalf and decks one of Willy's top fighters. Willy is persuaded to let this "Galahad" take a shot in a legitimate ring. Both men are reluctant, but each has a need for the money. Walter begins working out under the watchful eye of Willy's top trainer, Lew.

The attractive Rose, younger sister of Willy, shows up unexpectedly. She and Walter almost immediately hit it off. The obsessively protective Willy doesn't want his kid sister falling for some "grease monkey" mechanic and two-bit boxer. Dolly is envious of the young couple's romance and resents Willy's interference.

After several successes in the ring, Walter is readied for his biggest fight. Gangsters want him to take a dive so that Willy can pay off his debts to them, but "Galahad" throws his muscle behind Willy and saves the day. He wins the big fight as well as Willy's approval, retiring undefeated to his vintage car and his new love.

Primary Cast


For this role, Presley was tutored in the arts of pugilism by former world welterweight champ Mushy Callahan.[1]


The soundtrack songs were recorded in October 1961 at the Radio Recorders Studios in Hollywood, California. The soundtrack was released as an EP in September following the motion picture's debut.


Track listing

  1. "King Of The Whole Wide World" (Bob Roberts, Ruth Bachelor)
  2. "This Is Living" (Ben Weisman, Fred Wise)
  3. "Riding The Rainbow" (Ben Weisman, Fred Wise)
  4. "Home Is Where The Heart Is" (Hal David, Sherman Edwards)
  5. "I Got Lucky" (Ben Weisman, Dolores Fuller, Fred Wise)
  6. "A Whistling Tune" (Sherman Edwards, Hal David)

Recording musicians

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  1. ^ Victor, p.284


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