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The Leather Saint (1956)

Not Rated
86 min | Drama

Episcopalian minister Gil Allen keeps up his college days interest in boxing by working out at a gym run by his friend, Tom Kelley. Gil declines when fight manager Gus McAuliffe offers to get him some bouts but, spurred by the need for a ...See moreEpiscopalian minister Gil Allen keeps up his college days interest in boxing by working out at a gym run by his friend, Tom Kelley. Gil declines when fight manager Gus McAuliffe offers to get him some bouts but, spurred by the need for a new iron lung and a swimming pool in his community, Gil takes on a fight, without disclosing his true profession, and knocks out his opponent with one punch. This impresses Pearl Gorman, girl friend of fight promoter Tony Lorenzo. Pearl was a promising singer until her fiancé, a boxer, died in the ring but is now on the bottle. She drinks more heavily when Gil ignores her. Gil is about to quit boxing but when Father Ritchie informs him that a down payment has already been made on the iron lung, he continues. He explains his winnings from his fights to Father Ritchie as donations from a friend in the leather business. Pearl learns his true identity and, through his influence, quits drinking. Gil one-punches his way to enough wins to pay off the iron lung and build a swimming pool for the Boys Club---girls couldn't swim in 1956---and the only surprise in this overdose of sweetness is that Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald didn't show up for the swimming pool dedication. Written by Les Adams See less
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36 cast members
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Paul Douglas
Gus MacAuliffe Gus MacAuliffe   See fewer
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John Derek
Father Gil Allen Father Gil Allen   See fewer
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Jody Lawrance
Pearl Gorman Pearl Gorman   See fewer
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Cesar Romero
Tony Lorenzo Tony Lorenzo   See fewer
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Ernest Truex
Father Ritchie Father Ritchie   See fewer
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Richard Shannon
Tom Kelly Tom Kelly   See fewer
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Ricky Vera
Pepito (as Ricky Vera) Pepito (as Ricky Vera)   See fewer
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Robert Cornthwaite
Dr. Lomas Dr. Lomas   See fewer
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Edith Evanson
Stella Stella   See fewer
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Lou Nova
Tiger Tiger   See fewer
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Baynes Barron
Tony's Henchman Tony's Henchman   See fewer
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Leon Alton
Prizefight Spectator (uncredited) Prizefight Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Babette Bain
Dolores (uncredited) Dolores (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Baldwin
Fight Announcer (uncredited) Fight Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Bender
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Benoit
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jan Bradley
Secretary (uncredited) Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mushy Callahan
Referee (uncredited) Referee (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cheryl Callaway
Cheryl - Girl in Iron Lung (uncredited) Cheryl - Girl in Iron Lung (uncredited)   See fewer
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Estelle Etterre
Nurse with Iron Lung (uncredited) Nurse with Iron Lung (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Gray
Referee in Gil's Third Bout (uncredited) Referee in Gil's Third Bout (uncredited)   See fewer
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Thomas Browne Henry
Bishop Hardtke (uncredited) Bishop Hardtke (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hanna Hertelendy
Eva (uncredited) Eva (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ethan Laidlaw
Fisherman (uncredited) Fisherman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mike Lally
Cornerman (uncredited) Cornerman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sally Mansfield
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Meader
Bartender (uncredited) Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Mills
Prizefight Spectator (uncredited) Prizefight Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Montgomery
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Pagett
Yankee Boy (uncredited) Yankee Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Sarnez
Prizefighter in Gil'sThird Bout (uncredited) Prizefighter in Gil'sThird Bout (uncredited)   See fewer
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Court Shepard
Prizefighter (uncredited) Prizefighter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Guy Way
Prizefight Spectator (uncredited) Prizefight Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lawrence A. Williams
Fat Man in Gym (uncredited) Fat Man in Gym (uncredited)   See fewer
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Raymond Winston
Dodger Boy (uncredited) Dodger Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Donald Wittenberg
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.6 / 10 | 50 votes