Beautiful Linda Darnell as she appeared in the 1945 film THE GREAT JOHN L. This biopic is based on the life of prize fighter John L. Sullivan (played by Greg McClure), one of the first greats of bare-knuckle and gloved boxing in America. John L. becomes a rich man as the championships stack up, pulling him out of poverty. But the stress of fame eventually weighs on him, and his drinking and voracious eating diminish his sporting skills. His life unravels and he loses the support of his loved ones, including Anne Livingstone (Linda Darnell). But is it too late for him to bounce back in the ring?
Color enhanced image by Hollywood Pinups from the b&w original.