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.