All Genres: Film-Noir, Sport
Release Year: 1949
Rating: 7.5 (0)
Director: Robert Wise
Writing by: Art Cohn – (screenplay)
Joseph Moncure March – (poem)
Produced by: Richard Goldstone – producer
Dore Schary – executive producer (uncredited)
Cast: Robert Ryan – Stoker
Audrey Totter – Julie
George Tobias – Tiny
Alan Baxter – Little Boy
Wallace Ford – Gus
Percy Helton – Red
Hal Baylor – Tiger Nelson (as Hal Fieberling)
Darryl Hickman – Shanley
Kenny OMorrison – Moore
James Edwards – Luther Hawkins
David Clarke – Gunboat Johnson
Music: Larry Groupé
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Plot Outline: Against all odds, a worn down fading boxer, painstakingly clashes against his driven opponent, firmly refusing to accept the hearsay of a washed up career.
Plot: Over-the-hill boxer Bill Stoker Thompson insists he can still win, though his sexy wife Julie pleads with him to quit. But his manager Tiny is so confident he will lose, he takes money for a “dive” from tough gambler Little Boy…without bothering to tell Stoker. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to “take” Tiger Nelson, unaware of what will happen to him if he does.
Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
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Goofs: We know about 3 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: In the final showdown between Ivanhoe and Brian de Bois-Guilbert, Ivanhoe cuts Brian de Bois-Guilberts shield in half. In the next scene we see Brian de Bois-Guilbert turn his horse for a new charge, and his shield is undamaged. But when he reaches Ivanhoe, the shield is broken again.
Trivia: There are 4 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Based upon a narrative poem published in 1928 by Joseph Moncure March, who gave up his job as the first managing editor of “The New Yorker” to devote himself to writing. On the strength of it, he went to Hollywood as a screenwriter, remaining there for a dozen years. In 1948 he volunteered to work on this film, but was turned down. He was incensed that his black boxer Pansy Jones was changed into the white Stoker Thompson.
- The movie plays in real time.
- The shoot took twenty days.