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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)
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User Reviews:
The Best Film of its 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

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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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:
Quinn:[to Alice] He could've had the whole world. So he leaned over sideways and grabbed you.See more »
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Best Film of its Genre, 27 July 2005
Author: PWNYCNY from United States

When considering the factors that contributed to making this movie one of truly great cinema classics, such as the story, the direction, the dialogue, the pathos, the conflicts, the supporting cast, the one factor that most directly contributed to making this movie great was that of it's star, John Garfield. Here, Garfield plays Charlie Davis, a brooding, moody, cynical, angry young man traumatized by his father's untimely and violent death and determined to literally fight his way out of poverty, no matter what it takes. Yet, Charlie Davis is likable, for despite the hardened exterior, he is still fundamentally a good man who is struggling to do what is right despite the pressure to cave in to those who merely want to use him. And although Charlie weakens, he never breaks, and when put to the test, his basic honesty and strength shine through, which makes him a hero and which transforms this movie from just another boxing movie into a true cinematic classic.

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