Frankie, a young prizefighter, wins a fixed boxing match as part of a crime boss's plan to have him build up a following and then have him throw a championship fight. Later, while training, Frankie meets Mary as she is going to church with her family, and he begins a romance with her. The crime boss orders Frankie to stay away from Mary, while continuing to arrange for Frankie to win more fights. Just before Frankie's fight with the champion, he and the boss have an argument. Their plans to fix the fight are overheard by Mary's young brother, which soon leads to a tense situation. Written by
Boring, workmanlike programmer boxing film fails to deliver on its punches. Not that it doesn't try to dump buckets of melodrama on the masses, but the boxing footage sucks, there's no star in sight (except Rooney, who's very touchy-feely with all the boxers for a spunky little boy!) and the prevailing mood is drek. Standard mobsters inspire the boxer to make the usual decision to win the "big fight" despite the fix, although in this case there's no consequence to the boxer. A loser.
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