Cagney is Danny Kenny, a truck driver who enters "the fight game" and Sheridan plays his girlfriend, Peggy. Danny realizes success in the ring and uses his income to pay for his brother ... See full summary »
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This is clearly a B-movie. Even though made by Warner Brothers and having a bit more glitz than many Bs, it's clearly a B when it comes to the script. While it's not true of all Bs, most were very hastily written. After all, they were intended as a second feature--a lesser film with a lesser budget. "Knockout" is a B, as the script is clearly slapped together. It lacks subtlety and makes a HUGE mistake--it has a leading character that is simply unlikable. So, when the fat-headed boxer (Arthur Kennedy) is working his way up through the rankings, you just don't care. He's arrogant and selfish--and those are some of his BETTER qualities! With good writers, this might have been toned down a bit and softened, but here the script just doesn't work--nor is it all that convincing that Kennedy could be a boxer (Kennedy?!).
Despite this serious problem, is the film worth your time? Well, aside from the bad leading character, the film still has serious writing problems--one of the worst of which is naming the boxer 'Johnny Rocket'! And this is supposed to be his REAL name! And the characters are pretty much one-dimensional. The long-suffering wife is 'nice', the boxing promoter is manipulative, etc.--all caricatures, not realistic people. Again, this is not all that unusual for a B, but good Bs don't do this. Predictable, a bit dull and hard to like...this is not a recipe for entertainment!
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