BABYFACE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

Fighters, Mobsters & Film Stars. The Jimmy McLarnin Story

By
Andrew Gallimore
Babyface Goes to Hollywood

He was the Darling of the Depression. At a time when the Mob ruled the prize ring, Jimmy McLarnin and his manager Pop Foster stayed out of the clutches of the gunmen.

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He was the Darling of the Depression. At a time when the Mob ruled the prize ring, Jimmy McLarnin and his manager Pop Foster stayed out of the clutches of the gunmen.

This is the story of two Irishmen who found each other on foreign shores and formed one of the great partnerships in sports – the old fairground fighter and the scrawny kid he promised to make champion of the world someday.

Theirs is an epic journey that begins in County Down and ends on the star-lined pavements of Sunset Boulevard. Along the way lie murders and organised crime; Nazis, filmstars and gangsters; glamour, gang wars and Gaelic football!

Andrew Gallimore was educated at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and the University of Oxford where he was part of the Reuter Foundation Fellowship Programme for International Journalism. A former print journalist, he became a television reporter working on several news and current affairs programmes in the United Kingdom. In 1996 Andrew set up an independent production house that produces documentary films for the international market. The company’s programmes have been distributed to over forty countries.

Andrew has directed The Devil’s Gardens – a series on the history of landmines; The War Detectives – a history of war crimes trials, and Journeys Into Genocide – a series on the history of genocide. He recently directed a second series on war crimes investigations for the Discovery network in the United States. He is also the author of several books: The Devil’s Gardens, a history of landmines, to accompany the landmines series, Occupation Prizefighter: The Freddie Welsh Story and A Bloody Canvas. A feature-length documentary based on A Bloody Canvas has been screened at film festivals in the United States and Europe, and a film to accompany Babyface Goes to Hollywood has also been completed.

the best parts of the book are those savage beatings and wonderful descriptions Gallimore provides … you feel as if you’re in the ring with the referee

Boxing World

a terrifc boxer who should not be forgotten

Boxing World

fascinating

Boxing World

‘captures … the character of the Irish-American community’

Books Ireland

'inspiring and hugely enjoyable'

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