Bad blood exists between Bill Steele and Frankie Stanton, the leading contenders for the heavyweight title, and a grudge match is scheduled. Steele's knockout victory is tainted by his opponent's untimely death, ostensibly from a concussion caused by hitting the canvas. A post-mortem reveals that poison was somehow introduced into a cut above Stanton's eye although it is unclear how and why. Gambling might seem to be the motive as several of the principle suspects, gamblers Clipper McCoy and Nick Crowder, Stanton's shady manager Jerry Connors, and fight promoter Philip Benton, all seemed to have made wagers on the fight. Benton's spoiled daughter and female reporter Penny Kendall are vying for the affections of Steele, who is now slated to fight for the championship against pugnacious Biff Moran. Lt. Riggs of New York Homicide and Moto, who were spectators at the fight, go on the trail of the murderer following the autopsy results. Moto's prime suspect is a shadowy character named ... Written by
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While the minimum weight now for a heavyweight is 200lbs, at the time of the film it was 175lbs. Thus when the boxers are announced as 179lbs and 194lbs they are actually over the required minimum weight for their category. See more »
This sorry boxing movie was a great disappointment. Because of necessity, Peter Lorre must take up the mantle of Charlie Chan. In the first two films, he is a riveting character with a complex mind and a murderous impulse. Here he plays straight man to a bunch of gamblers and buffoons. A young boxer is trying to get a title bout when his opponent dies and he is charged with the murder. Lee Chan (Keye Luke) and Slapsy Maxie Rosenbloom pair up to do the silly stuff. Moto even delivers lines like Chan. There are gamblers coming out of the walls, talking to the fighters before the bouts. John Hamilton, Perry White on "The Adventures of Superman," has a lot of irons in the fire as to a whole bunch of other bettors. It just becomes so weak as the thing goes along, including Chan trying to punch Rosenbloom so he can remember where he got a gun.
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