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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  148 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A play by Clifford Odet.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 1st 1948 by Dramatist's Play Service
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Sep 14, 2010 Maria rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Yikes. I feel really guilty marking this book as 2 stars given some of the other things 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, maybe what was ahead of its time seems dated now. I don't know. I think the play succeeded well at conveying a sense of foreboding; ...more
Apr 14, 2010 Tony rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Odets, Clifford. GOLDEN BOY. (1937). ****. In this drama, Odets got down off his high labor horse and addressed the plight of a man trying to find himself. Although the theme and setting are a little time-worn, perhaps they weren’t back in 1937. It’s the story of Joe Bonaparte, the younger son of the Bonaparte family, Italian-Americans living in New York. 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 ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Gale rated it 3 of 5 stars
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“The Price of Following One’s Heart

Odet’s 1937 drama about a New York City young man who chooses the life of a professional boxer proves a suspenseful read—probing the subtle depths of the diverse motivations of the human heart. Readers/spectators are mesmerized by the parade of strong emotions
displayed by various mostly male characters: greed, violence, ambition, manipulation, lust. Contrasted by a few moments of tenderness and family loyalty. As in a movie noir it takes a dame to throw a mo
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.
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 in 2013, it 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
I can't remember if it was a play first, then adapted for film, or the other way ...

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The more plays I read by Odets, the more enamored of his writing I become. This one is gut wrenching-very powerful!
Dec 05, 2007 Dylan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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what would later be ripped off for as "million dollar baby" (mostly)
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Clifford Odets (July 18, 1906 – August 14, 1963) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. Odets was born in Philadelphia to Louis Odets (born Gorodetsky) and Pearl Geisinger, Russian- and Romanian-Jewish immigrants, and raised in Philadelphia and the Bronx, New York. He dropped out of high school after two years to become an actor. In 1931, he became a founding member of the Group T ...more
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