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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)

The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sleep, My Love
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Blood, Sweat, and Soul in the Grandfather of the Boxing Genre... 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:
Peg Born:Are you all right?
Charlie Davis:I never felt better in my life.
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Blood, Sweat, and Soul in the Grandfather of the Boxing Genre..., 22 June 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

If Jake LaMotta, the real life raging bull, ever went to the movies, he must have seen BODY AND SOUL a hundred times. It practically predicts the course of his career and the world of sports cinema, specifically boxing films. Robert Rossen's 1947 black and white boiler is clearly an influence on ROCKY and RAGING BULL, along with countless other rags-to-riches sports stories with a hint of corruption. John Garfield, an actor I feel serves an audience more with his mere screen presence than his acting skills, is stunning as "Charley Davis", the kid from New York who wants a shot at the title.

Notice Garfield's prudent girlfriend. Remind you of Adrian? (ROCKY) How about the mob boss who wants 50 percent of Garfield's winnings? Remind you of Nicholas Colasanto from RAGING BULL? Of course. BODY AND SOUL is the altar of origin from which these films worshiped. Garfield dabbled in boxing off-screen until his untimely death in 1952 and appears like LaMotta, or De Niro, in many scenes. His temper can fly quickly and without warning. CHAMPION with Kirk Douglas and SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME with Paul Newman have taken some licks from this sensational film that roared like most of the best films of the 1940's.

Boxing is the ultimate sport to depict in film because such interesting character studies can come out of them. A boxer is, for the most part, alone. Other sport films seem to suffer because more has to be captured and the sport itself is usually portrayed poorly and unrealistic. Boxing takes place in a small ring, as does the life of most boxers (or so it seems). Director Robert Rossen is also a master at creating pictures where a flawed main character creates his own suffering and pain and has a fundamental misunderstanding of women. Just see Broderick Crawford in ALL THE KING'S MEN or Paul Newman in THE HUSTLER.

No fight scene captures your attention until the pivotal final championship defense by "Charley Davis". Will he throw it for the easy bucks or win it for pride and the adulation of his simple New York roots? It is very unapparent and hard to see coming. The authenticity of the climactic fight is made all the more powerful with its newsreel look and in-your-face photography and makeup. Credit cinematographer James Wong Howe for the realistic look and credit the blood and sweat of Garfield, writer Abraham Polonsky, and director Rossen to bring such a captivating story of corruption and glory to the screen.

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