Cast & Crew
William Collier Jr.
At the Clay Center Garage, mechanic and lover of children Jack Duncan offers to take the local children to lunch at a coffee shop. He is in love with Jeanette Larkin, the waitress in the coffee shop, and they go to a carnival together. After participating in several games, they see an exhibit offering twenty-five dollars to anyone who can remain in the ring for three rounds with a professional champion. Jack enters, but is instantly knocked out. He then disappears without telling anyone where he has gone. Now working at the Davis City Garage, Jack practices for a month before returning to the carnival, this time scoring the knockout. He is asked to replace the champion and trainer Doc Moran promises to coach him. To bring Jeanette, Jack telegrams that he is hurt, and they decide to marry. When the show closes, Mr. Hurley, the carnival barker, and Doc suggest Jack enter some regular bouts. He first goes up against Battling Billy Dugan and wins. Jack then meets Claude Morgan, who invites him to his summer training camp, where he meets vamp Violet Reed. Hurley arranges a fight with boxer McFarland, which Jack wins. Afterwards, Jack goes to a party hosted by Violet, asking Doc to take Jeanette back home. Later, Jack is matched against Benny Strickland for the championship. At the Imperial Hotel, Doc realizes Jeanette is pregnant, but she is reluctant to tell Jack until after the fight. With former heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries refereeing, Jack beats Strickland after eight hard-fought rounds. When Jeanette arrives at the celebration party she finds Jack and Violet kissing. She says nothing about her pregnancy and moves out. Two months later, Jack has lost interest in fighting, but a rematch with Strickland is arranged. While Jeanette falls ill, Hurley brings Jack to the ring where he learns his wife is about to give birth just as the fight is to start. When Jack is distracted by the delivery of a telegram at ringside, he is knocked out. However, word arrives soon after of a healthy eight-pound boy and Jeanette's recovery. Jack happily returns to the garage to support his family.
William Collier Jr.
James J. Jeffries
The cutting continuity indicates that The Fighting Gentleman was originally entitled The Rock-a-Bye Kid.