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Director:
Writer:
Abraham Polonsky (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 November 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of a guy that women go for!
Plot:
Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(91 articles)
Screenwriter Walter Bernstein at 95: Still Front and Center
 (From Variety - Film News. 26 August 2014, 2:01 PM, PDT)

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User Reviews:
A great showcase for Canada Lee See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Garfield ... Charley Davis

Lilli Palmer ... Peg Born
Hazel Brooks ... Alice

Anne Revere ... Anna Davis

William Conrad ... Quinn
Joseph Pevney ... Shorty Polaski
Lloyd Gough ... Roberts (as Lloyd Goff)
Canada Lee ... Ben Chaplin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Anzalone ... Fighter Being Knocked Out (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Man in Fight Crowd (uncredited)
James Burke ... Arnold (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... Prizefight Doctor (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Ben's Doctor (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Miss Tedder (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Bartender (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Prince (uncredited)
Artie Dorrell ... Jack Marlowe (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Ceferino García ... Boxer in Training Camp (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Cornerman (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Irma (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Davis-Marlowe Fight Referee (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Sam - Pool Hall Proprietor (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Dan - Marlowe's Manager (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Timekeeper (uncredited)
Glen Lee ... Marino (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Man at Weigh-in (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Fight Stadium Cop (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Man in Fight Crowd (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Ringsider (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Fight Crowd Extra (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Weigh-in Official (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Ring Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Riggi ... Boxer in Training Camp (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Victor - Butler (uncredited)
Shimen Ruskin ... Shimen (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Jack Shelton (uncredited)
Art Smith ... David Davis (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man in Fight Crowd (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at Party (uncredited)
Dan Tobey ... Fight Announcer (uncredited)
George Tyne ... Charlie's Friend (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Man in Fight Crowd (uncredited)
Peter Virgo ... Drummer - Roberts' Bodyguard (uncredited)
John Wald ... Ringside Announcer (uncredited)
Ulysses Williams ... Boxer Getting Knocked Out (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Rossen 
 
Writing credits
Abraham Polonsky (original screenplay)

Produced by
Bob Roberts .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Parrish 
 
Art Direction by
Nathan Juran 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward J. Boyle)
 
Makeup Department
Gustaf Norin .... makeup supervisor (as Gustaf M. Norin)
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Gilpin .... executive production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Frank Webster .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Graybill .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Herwood Keyes .... wardrobe designer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Luciano .... assistant editor
Francis D. Lyon .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Emil Newman .... conductor
Rudolph Polk .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jerome Moross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gunther von Fritsch .... montages director (as Gunther V. Fritsch)
John Indrisano .... boxing coach (uncredited)
Don Weis .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Don Weis .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #12435) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 15, 1948, with John Garfield reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Charley Davis's fiancee, Peg, leaves him a note and misspells his name, "Charlie."See more »
Quotes:
Charlie Davis:Get out of here! Get out of here!
Miss Tedder:We have to ask questions if we're going to help.
Charlie Davis:We don't want any help. Tell them we're dead. We don't want any help!
[slams the door]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jimmy Hollywood (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Body and SoulSee more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A great showcase for Canada Lee, 22 December 2002
Author: glimmer207 from NYC

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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