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The Crowd Roars (1938)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama  |  5 August 1938 (USA)
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A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.

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Jim Cain
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Brian McCoy
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Sheila 'Shelia' Carson
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Johnny Martin
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Charles D. Brown ...
Bill Thorne
Gene Reynolds ...
Tommy McCoy, as a boy
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Pete Mariola
Donald Douglas ...
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Mrs. Martin
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Father Patrick Ryan
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A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Romance of Park Ave. girl and boy from across the tracks. See more »

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Action | Drama

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5 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La foule en délire  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Robert Taylor has more bare-chest scenes here than in any of his other movies. See more »

Goofs

Maureen O'Sullivan is credited onscreen as "Sheila Carson", but her car license is made out to "Shelia Carson", which is also the way she signs her name. See more »

Quotes

Thomas 'Tommy': I'm gonna walk out of this racket with pearl studs and a gold cane.
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Remade as Killer McCoy (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother Machree
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Music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung by Gene Reynolds at the smoker
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Robert Taylor strips!
12 December 2012 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

MGM had once used ad-lines which proclaimed "Garbo talks!" and "Garbo laughs!" For this movie they might have used "Robert Taylor strips!" Female fans had always swooned over the romantically handsome Taylor but men supposedly found him too much of a "pretty boy" who too often appeared in soapy costume dramas. Anxious to increase his appeal, and with Taylor's enthusiastic consent, MGM decided to toughen up their rising star's image by casting him as a prizefighter with a dark edge in a gritty (by MGM standards) boxing movie. First, the movie teases its audience by an opening twelve-and-a-half minute sequence detailing the childhood of its protagonist. (Gene Reynolds plays the young Robert Taylor). Then, ta-dah!, we see the adult protagonist, introduced with a shot of his bare, sweaty back as he works out in a boxing gym. Wait, there's more! The camera moves position and we now see Taylor's bare chest, also sweaty, complete with an inverted triangle of chest hair beginning at the collarbones and extending down to the sternum. (One imagines a make-up team carefully trimming and combing this hair to give it just the right effect.) For the next seven minutes Taylor appears bare-chested -- working out at a punching bag, retiring to a dressing room, taking a shower, appearing with a towel tied around his waist. Later in the movie he's shown soaking in a bathtub, (while reading "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"), and then there are various boxing matches full of sweaty, face-punching action. All this "beefcake," showcased in a slick, satisfying, well-cast package, apparently did the trick because Taylor soon emerged as one of MGM's brightest and most durable stars. Curiously, Taylor rarely again took off his shirt, so if you want to see his nipples showcased in all their Hollywood glory, you better watch "The Crowd Roars."


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