The Kid from Kokomo

The Kid from Kokomo is a 1939 American comedy film directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Richard Macaulay and Jerry Wald. The film stars Pat O'Brien, Wayne Morris, Joan Blondell, May Robson, Jane Wyman and Stanley Fields. The film was released by Warner Bros. on May 23, 1939.[1][2][3]

The Kid from Kokomo
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLewis Seiler
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
Screenplay byRichard Macaulay
Jerry Wald
Story byDalton Trumbo
StarringPat O'Brien
Wayne Morris
Joan Blondell
May Robson
Jane Wyman
Stanley Fields
Music byAdolph Deutsch
CinematographySidney Hickox
Edited byJack Killifer
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • May 23, 1939 (1939-05-23)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States


In need of a new prizefighter, manager Billy Murphy and his sweetheart Doris Harvey come across one in Kokomo, Indiana, a kid called Homer Baston who's got great potential. The kid's a little dim, however, explaining how he can't leave Kokomo because his mother abandoned him as a baby but promised to come back.

Billy and Doris convince him to go on the road, where Homer will have a better chance of finding his long-missing mother. Homer gets homesick, so Billy pays the bail of a thief, Maggie Manell, hiring her to pretend to be Homer's ma. She begins spending most of Homer's money, and Billy's scheme to bring in her pal Muscles Malone backfires when Homer's led to believe Muscles is his dad.

While falling for Marian Bronson, a reporter, Homer trains for a title fight against Curley Bender, but is convinced by "Ma" to lose on purpose because she owes money to gamblers. In the ring, Curley insults his mother, so Homer knocks him out. Billy and Doris look on as a double wedding is held, Homer marrying Marian while a reluctant Maggie and Muscles do likewise, becoming his new foster parents.



  1. "The Kid from Kokomo (1939) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  2. Nugent, Frank S. (1939-05-20). "Movie Review - The Kid from Kokomo - THE SCREEN; 'The Kid From Kokomo,' With Wayne Morris and Pat O'Brien, Opens at Strand-3 New Foreign Films". Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  3. "The Kid from Kokomo". 1939-06-24. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
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