Attaboy! Keep him busy!

Joe Gould

[to Gould] They ought to put your mouth in a circus.

Jimmy Johnston

"In all the history of the boxing game you find no human interest story to compare with the life narrative of James J. Braddock...” - Damon Runyon

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Two years later Jim Braddock put his title on the line against Joe Louis. Jim knocked him down in the first round, though Louis went on to win the bout. Joe Louis would always call Jim Braddock the most courageous man he ever fought. ... Jim served honorably in World War II... He later owned and operated heavy equipment on the same docks where he labored during the Great Depression.... In the early 1960's he helped build the Verrazano Bridge... Jim and Mae bought a house in New Jersey with the winnings from the Baer fight. They raised their children in that house and lived there for the rest of their lives.

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[to Braddock after one round] You're going home in butcher paper, pal! BUTCHER PAPER!

Max Baer

Sporty Lewis: Is that a ghost I'm seeing? An apparition? Or is it James J. Braddock the Bulldog of Burgen?
Jim Braddock: Sporty Lewis, how ya doing?

Maybe I understand, some, about having to fight. So you just remember who you are... you're the Bulldog of Bergen, and the Pride of New Jersey, you're everybody's hope, and the kids' hero, and you are the champion of my heart, James J. Braddock.

Mae Braddock

Joe Gould: You gonna punch him or pork him?
Max Baer: That's your job, assho...
[Braddock punches Baer]

Jimmy Johnston: Right here. Editorial says this fight is good as murder, and everybody associated with it should be hauled into court and prosecuted afterwards. They say the paper's gettin' all sorts of letters from people saying you're their inspiration - like you saved their lives or somethin'. If you ask me, it's a lotta crap... but if I'm gonna promote this fight, I'm not gettin' hung out to dry if somethin' happens to you.
Joe Gould: [sarcastically] Ah, you're all heart.
Jimmy Johnston: My heart's for my family, Joe, my brains and my balls are for business and this is business. You got me?
Joe Gould: Gotcha.

Jim Braddock: Max, my wife Mae.
Max Baer: You are far too pretty to be a widow.
Jim Braddock: That's not nice, Max. Not nice. Come on.
Max Baer: On second thought, maybe I can comfort you after he's gone.
Joe Gould: Hey, I said shut your goddamn mouth, you punk!

Mae Braddock: [throws her drink in Max's face]
Jim Braddock: Sorry. Send me the cleaning bill.
Max Baer: Get that boys? Now he's got his wife doing his fighting for him!
Jim Braddock: Yeah. Ain't she something?

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"In all the history of the boxing game you find no human interest story to compare with the life narrative of James J. Braddock...” - Damon Runyon

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Jesus H. Christ! Jesus Mary and Joseph! All the saints and martyrs and Jesus! Did I mention Jesus?

Joe Gould