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Body and Soul (1947)

Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a... See full summary »

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Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a fight for money. His career blooms as he wins fight after fight, but soon an unethical promoter named Roberts begins to show an interest in Charley, and Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The story of a guy that women go for! See more »

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A remarkable 12 members of the cast and crew had been or went on to become directors: actors William Conrad, Sid Melton, George Tyne and Joseph Pevney, writer Abraham Polonsky, cinematographer James Wong Howe, editor Robert Parrish, supervising editor Francis D. Lyon, montage director Gunther von Fritsch, art director Nathan Juran (aka Nathan Hertz), assistant director Robert Aldrich and script supervisor Don Weis. Additionally, set decorator Edward G. Boyle directed a film in the silent era. See more »

Goofs

In the first dressing room scene, there's a close-up of Quinn leaning against the wall. In the very next shot, he's standing a few feet in front of the wall, then backs up and leans against it again. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Davis: You sold me out, you rat. Sold out, like Ben.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

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Body and Soul
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
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A great showcase for Canada Lee
22 December 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

One especially noteworthy aspect of this movie is the character of Ben Chaplin, played by the criminally underappreciated African American actor Canada Lee. A trademark of Lee's few but memorable screen roles is how his characters transcend the racial stereotypes of the day (see also his role in "Lifeboat"). Where Chaplin is black, his race is never mentioned, and is never even made an issue. There's no assumption of deferrence to the white characters. He is treated as an equal, which, especially for 1947, is an amazing breakthrough.

The other strengths of the movie, particularly Garfield's performance and James Wong Howe's cinematography, have been duly mentioned in other posts.


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