Screen Test of Time, Ep. 20: The Champ
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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This week, Jackie Cooper is back, baby, and this time in a movie David and Suzan can actually watch! The Champ is kind of Rocky times Dennis the Menace divided by a dysfunctional, alcoholic family drama. Look, your hosts aren’t mathematicians, they’re just two adventurers trying to scale their own screen based Everest. But they like this one despite its sappy sentimentality and bizarre mashups of genres.
Year Eligible: 1931/1932 (nominated)
Music: "Budweiser's a Friend of Mine" by Billy Murray available at freemusicarchive.org