Golden Boy, drama in three acts by Clifford Odets, produced and published in It traces the downfall of Joe Bonaparte, a gifted young. The BEST source for Golden Boy, Golden Boy Tickets, and Golden Boy Information. Golden Boy was Clifford Odets’s most successful theatrical production. First published in in the United States, the play was a dramatic departure from.

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Sep 08, Maria rated it it was ok Shelves: I feel really guilty marking this book as 2 stars given some of the other goldej I have rated as such but I can’t say I liked it which is the qualification for three stars. I know that Odets is considered to be one of the great playwrights and this was the first thing of his I read.

Maybe because it was unfinished at his death, maybe because it was a musical, bpy what was ahead of its time seems dated now.

I think the play succeeded well at conveying a sense of foreboding; Yikes. I think the play succeeded well at conveying a sense of foreboding; things never seemed like they would turn out well.

I don’t know, so many movies have plots like this, but the play predates the movies, but my viewing of the movies predate the play I’m going to try another of his pdets and see if I have a more favorable reaction. May 22, Jason rated it it was amazing. The more plays I read by Odets, the more enamored of his writing I become.

This one is gut wrenching-very powerful! Nov 29, Brian McCann rated it really liked it. Great to finally read this play some six years after I saw the Lincoln Center revival at the Belasco. Mar golen, katie rated it liked it Shelves: Read for my American Drama class.

Jan 24, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I love the time period that this play takes place in and that it centers around a young boxer. The ending is so dramatic and perfect for these two main characters. Apr 14, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: In this drama, Odets got down off his high labor horse and addressed the plight of a man trying to find himself.


Joe, who was just twenty-one, was in love with music, and was probably the best amateur violinist in the city. One day he comes home and annou Odets, Clifford. One day he comes home and announces that he wants to be a boxer; temporarily giving up his potential career in music. He hooks up with a manager, Tom Moody, who is looking for his next contender. Tom is a lightweight and has managed to pick up enough boxing skills to impress Moody. Moody agrees to take him on, and assigns Tokio as his trainer.

Joe manages to win most of his first several fights, but can do better — according to his trainer — if he would only put his heart into it. Joe tends to pull his punches and beat his opponents through the application of science rather than brute force. If that happens, he would never be able go back to his music. He has to be talked out of music and into boxing exclusively in order to become champion material. He eventually moves up the ladder, but only because Lorna manages to make him see that he is a fighter first, rather than a musician.

In the final act, in a bout that — if he wins — will lead to a shot at the title, Joe accidently knocks out his opponent with a punch that kills him. Joe now has to rethink his whole career path, and what boxing really means to him and what he means to it.

There appears to be a lot of Hollywood influence in this play, both as to setting and character. To most people this usually means making the big bucks and having something to show for it. Respect is directly proportional to what and how much you have. Mar 23, Gale rated it liked it Shelves: Contrasted by a few moments of tenderness and family loyalty.

As in a movie noir it takes a dame to throw a monkey wrench into the best laid plans of promoters and hustlers. Many guys want a piece of the action—helping year-old Joe Bonaparte develop his golden gloves in the ring. Eager to escape his poverty and ridiculed appearance, Joe is torn between his love for music—cherished by his immigrant father, and a burning desire to Be Somebody in t he world.

He longs for fast cars, masculine respect and the love of a sweet woman. But it is not in the cards that he will attain them all. Even though he could ruin his hands for a future musical career. Does the Golden Boy know his own mind? Does he know enough to follow his heart? Deeply conflicted Joe must choose one of the two golden paths before him. At 21 he is at the crossroads of his life: How can he escape all the turbulent, negative challenges that assail him and just enjoy a sweet life on the road with Lorna?


A worthy member of the trio of plays about American Individualism. I welcome dialogue with teachers. Apr 05, Michael rated it it was ok. This is the first play of Odets’s I have read, based on a very positive New Yorker review of a recent production. Was the play groundbreaking in its time? Can a stunning production make something marvelously striking out of it? All I can say is that reading it init felt like the synopsis for a play or novel to be written rather than a play proper.

The characters felt stereotypical, the progression contrived rather than developing naturally. I would have to read other plays by Odets to get a This is the first play of Odets’s I have read, based on a very positive New Yorker review of a recent production. I would have to read other plays by Odets to get a better grasp of his writing and success, but I have to say I do not feel encouraged to do so. Sep 22, Kris rated it liked it Shelves: I thought this was a wonderfully well done play.

There were several plot points that could have been developed, and many of the characters were underdeveloped, but I enjoyed what was there. I could completely understand the situation and sympathize with the ruling conflict. I feel this would make a great play for high schools or colleges to put on with all the bullying headlines in the news. Jul 09, Ali rated it did not like it Shelves: I can’t remember if it was a play first, then adapted for film, or the other way May 17, Rema Ashraf rated it liked it.

Jul 28, Victoria rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really think about whether you want to become a musician or a boxer before you enter the rink. And don’t fall in love with your manager’s girlfriend. Jul 02, Daniel Pivonka rated it really liked it. Jun 06, Clarissa McDaniel rated it it was amazing. One of my favorites by Odets. Wonderfully intricate plot line with complex and compelling characters.

May 29, Annee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 05, Dylan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jackie Jones rated it liked it Mar 21, Danya rated it really liked it Sep 11, Selena rated it liked it Mar 01, Alison rated it liked it Apr 09,