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The Mighty McGurk (1947)

"Slag" McGurk, a former boxing champ living on memories of glories past, spends his days and nights as a bouncer/braggert/boozer at Glenson's saloon. But when "Slag" stumbles upon a young ... See full summary »


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William R. Lipman (original screenplay), Grant Garett (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Wallace Beery ... Roy 'Slag' McGurk
Dean Stockwell ... Nipper
Edward Arnold ... Mike Glenson
Aline MacMahon ... Mamie Steeple
Cameron Mitchell ... Johnny Burden
Dorothy Patrick ... Caroline Glenson
Aubrey Mather ... Milbane
Morris Ankrum ... Fowles
Clinton Sundberg ... Flexter
Charles Judels ... First Brewer
Torben Meyer ... Second Brewer


"Slag" McGurk, a former boxing champ living on memories of glories past, spends his days and nights as a bouncer/braggert/boozer at Glenson's saloon. But when "Slag" stumbles upon a young orphaned lad and agrees to help him find a relative, his life takes on a whole new meaning. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Release Date:

2 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'invincibile Mc Gurk See more »


Box Office


$896,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's television premiere took place in Chicago Wednesday 16 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Philadelphia 27 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles 28 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in New Haven CT 10 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 18), in Altoona PA 25 August 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Seattle 29 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Norfolk VA 9 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Portland OR 20 December 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Honolulu 22 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and in Columbus 30 December 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4); in San Francisco it was finally telecast 4 May 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and it eventually found its way to New York City 19 September 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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More than just a great bar room brawl, Beery encapsulates love and humanity
25 April 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Wallace Beery who plays former heavyweight champion Roy 'Slag' McGurk encapsulates what a diversified actor must be able to bring to the large screen for not only a successful box office picture, but for a vastly entertaining one for decades of future movie goers such as myself. Beery's facial expressions and body mannerisms are priceless and he utilizes his full ensemble in this charming 1940's black and white family themed picture to draw you in and keep us all entertained.

Director John Waters not only knew what he had in a bonafide star of Wallace Beery's calibre he also surrounded his film The Mighty McGurk with a terrific supporting cast such as with the little English born orphan boy Nipper (played by the great character actor Dean Stockwell), the mean spirited bar owner Mike Glenson (Edward Arnold), a former boxing middleweight turned Salvation Army recruiter named Johnny Burden (Cameron Mitchell) and a high spirited pawn shop owner named Mamie Steeple (Aline MacMahon) round out a uniquely entertaining cast and story.

Oh, did I fail to mention that director John Waters chooses to even bring out the "big guns" in the cutest little dog nicknamed "Pat" because the orphan boy Nipper likes the way his runaway dog "pats" his little tail on the floor? It's a great family film for the ages that centers around an over the hill boxer who wants to be considered a world champion until this orphan boy named Nipper means more to him than all the money in the world and if that is not enough for you, than the dog named Pat will surely win your heart of cold hearts over.

It's a great film for 1947 and surely under rated.

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