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The Crowd Roars (1938)

Passed | | Action, Drama | 5 August 1938 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Jim Cain
Brian McCoy
Sheila Carson
Johnny Martin
'Happy' Lane
'Pug' Walsh
Charles D. Brown ...
Bill Thorne
Gene Reynolds ...
Pete Mariola
Mrs. Martin
Father Ryan


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 »


Action | Drama


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Release Date:

5 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La foule en délire  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie . These were (with their character names, if any): Leona Roberts (Laura McCoy), Mickey Rentschler (Jim McCoy), Charles Williams (Brady), Charles Sullivan (Chief timekeeper), Roger Moore (Cain's chauffeur), Lee Phelps (Bartender), Jack Pennick and Joe Caits. Leona Roberts was apparently replaced by Emma Dunn, who was listed in a news report as a cast member. See more »


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 »


Thomas 'Tommy': I'm gonna walk out of this racket with pearl studs and a gold cane.
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Mother Machree
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Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
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Excellent boxing film with superb character acting
22 October 2005 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the very best boxing films of the 1930's and early 1940's and very definitely much better than the 1947 remake with Mickey Roony as "Killer" McCoy. Robert Ryan looks like a light heavyweight and it looks like he can actually throw a punch. As a boxing fan I look for a sense of reality in the fights, and this film has it.

However, the best part of the film are the performances, especially Frank Morgan (the wizard in the 1939, Judy Garland version of "The Wizard of Oz"). Other notable performances are turned in by a young Lionel Stander as the killer's trainer (TV fans will remember him from Hart to Hart). Young and handsome Eddy Arnold is excellent as the gambler/manager. Maureen O'Sullivan carries off the role of the young, college girl love interest with the same innocence she displayed when she broke into films 9 years and 39 films earlier. It's quite a contrast to the more adult roles she was playing at the time.

Director Richard Thorpe captures the atmosphere of the boxing ring and the gambling world quite convincingly. His attention to detail and experience (this is his 120th film) are quite evident, though necessarily the most imaginative. While the film IS superior to the 1947 remake, the director of that film, Roy Rowland, does a much better job of showing the crowd's blood lust in the 8th round of the final fight.

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