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My Weekly Spock 8/12/13 “Kid Monk Baroni” Part II

Here’s the rest of my stills from Kid Monk Baroni – Enjoy!

Baroni’s bummed at being ‘the gorilla’ who’s always beaten up in the ring, so Baroni’s girlfriend Emily helps him to get plastic surgery and boom- he’s Mr. Charming! But the good looks turn him into a jerk too — he cheats on Emily with floozie June,  and is too afraid to fight hard and wreck his pretty face!  He agrees to fight dirty to make ends meet again, but in the end, loses the fight but wins the respect of his old pal (Jimmy Olsen!–that is, Jack Larson as Angelo) and gets his girlfriend back.  Unfortunately, we only hear that he’s married his girlfriend, and the final scene is spent on silly sight gag of one of his former gang members who liked to hide stuff in his long coat!

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Baroni (and his astonishingly narrow hips) with his crooked manager

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Girlfriend Emily loves him for what he is

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But encourages him to get plastic surgery anyway, for his own happiness

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So he gets the surgery

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And he…

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gets,,,

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Gorgeous

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And immediately sets his sights on…

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…slutty cigarette girl June.

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blows all his money on her…

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Reluctantly agrees to fixed fight with his manager

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He likes what he sees…

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Uh…what was I saying?

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On with the fight

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mouth protector

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Not looking good for the home team…

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Friends to the end

My Weekly Spock 8/5/13 Kid Monk Baroni Part I

Nimoy’s first truly starring role: Kid Monk Baroni (1952)

All in all, not a bad picture – and a fine performance by a young actor still (pardon the pun) learning the ropes!  (and a big step up from Zombies of the Stratosphere. Nimoy plays a young gangster in the streets, Paul Baroni, who’s called “Monk” by his pals, short for ‘Monkey’ for his facial deformity.  Paul feels an outcast for his looks, but the friendly priest from the local church  gets him into boxing and Paul finds himself an amateur welterweight.  He’s still shy and self conscious of his looks, but he meets a nice girl who loves him for himself. His nasty manager wants him to fight dirty.  Yet Paul is still insecure and wants to quit the ring.  Will he find happiness?  Stay tuned for next week’s installment!

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