Lobby card for The Joe Louis Story showing Coley Wallace as Joe Louis with two supporting cast members

A lobby card for the 1953 release of The Joe Louis Story

Credit: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Glamorous, powerful, and soft-spoken, Joe Louis garnered more press in his time than Franklin Delano Roosevelt and earned more money than Babe Ruth.

For Black History Month this year, we turned to Paramount+ in search of lower-profile movies with historical connections that might slip by your queue. It didn’t take long for us to find not just a single winner, but two looks at a world champion.

Glamorous, powerful, and soft-spoken, Joe Louis garnered more press in his time than Franklin Delano Roosevelt and earned more money than Babe Ruth. Two vintage movies streaming now on Paramount+ offer insight into his heroic journey.

Stream Spirit of Youth and The Joe Louis Story on Paramount+.

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