The Duke Comes Back
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIrving Pichel
Screenplay byAdele B. Buffington
Edmund Seward
Based onthe novel The Duke Comes Back
by Lucian Cary
Produced byHerman Schlom
(associate producer)
StarringAllan Lane
Heather Angel
Genevieve Tobin
CinematographyHarry Neumann
Edited byRay Snyder
Music byAlberto Colombo
(musical director)
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • November 29, 1937 (1937-11-29)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Duke Comes Back is a 1937 American drama film directed by Irving Pichel and written by Adele B. Buffington and Edmund Seward. It is based on the 1933 novel The Duke Comes Back by Lucian Cary. The film stars Allan Lane, Heather Angel and Genevieve Tobin. It was released on November 29, 1937, by Republic Pictures.[1][2][3]


Duke Foster dethrones boxing's heavyweight champion, then promptly announces his engagement to Susan Corbin, a high-society girl whose financier father, Arnold Corbin, disapproves of her choice in men. Susan's sensible sister Pauline persuades their father the marriage will be fine and becomes Duke's partner in a publishing business so that he can quit fighting. Four years pass and the Fosters have a son, Jimmy.

Arnold embezzles and loses $200,000 and faces prison. Duke decides to try to raise the money by boxing again. A corrupt promoter, Jim Watson, bets a bundle on Duke's opponent, Bronski, and has Susan and her son taken hostage. Duke is warned to lose the fight, but doesn't believe the threat is true. Al goes to the arena to shoot Duke before he can win the bout and lose Watson's wager, but Al is overpowered, Duke wins and his family is safe.


See also


  1. ^ "The Duke Comes Back (1937) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  2. ^ Sandra Brennan. "The Duke Comes Back (1937) - Irving Pichel". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  3. ^ "The Duke Comes Back". Retrieved 2015-10-30.