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Director:
Writer:
Abraham Polonsky (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 August 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A new climax in entertainment from THE ENTERPRISE STUDIOS See more »
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 »
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More A Human Interest Story Than A Boxing Tale See more (46 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)

Al Bain ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Steve Benton ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

James Burke ... Arnold (uncredited)

George M. Carleton ... Prizefight Doctor (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Fight Spectator (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)
Herschel Graham ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Cornerman (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Irma (uncredited)

Stuart Hall ... Observer at Scene (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)
Wilbur Mack ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Fight Stadium Cop (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Ringsider (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Weigh-in Official (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Bartender (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Cornerman (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Ring Photographer (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Police Officer (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 ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Dan Tobey ... Fight Announcer (uncredited)
Sid Troy ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Tyne ... Charlie's Friend (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Fight Spectator (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
Durward Graybill .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Herwood Keyes .... wardrobe designer
 
Editorial Department
Francis D. Lyon .... supervising editor
Michael Luciano .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
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:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #12435) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The poem quoted by Peg Born (Lilli Palmer) is "The Tiger" by William Blake, an English poet and artist.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:
Anna Davis:I did it to buy myself fancy clothes? Fool! It's for you! To learn, to get an education, to make something of yourself!
Charlie Davis:[yelling to Shorty] Shorty! Shorty, get me that fight from Quinn. I want money. Do you understand? Money, money!
Anna Davis:I forbid, I forbid. Better buy a gun and shoot yourself.
Charlie Davis:You need MONEY to buy a gun!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.89" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Am I Blue?See more »

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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
More A Human Interest Story Than A Boxing Tale, 9 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I looked at this as simply a good story, a solid drama that happened to have the sport of boxing figure into it. "Boxing movies." if people insist on labeling this under that category, were particularly popular around the time of this film. Many of them had similar stories about a good guy being told to take a dive or else. Yes, that was in here, too, but it wasn't anywhere near the central part of the story. This film was more of an earlier "Raging Bull"-type tale in that it concentrated on the friends, family, freeloaders, criminals and women surrounding the main male character.

This was more of a story about a decent man who gets carried away with success and with the power and money that goes with it. As good as the lead actor, John Garfield, was in here - and he was good - I was more intrigued with the supporting characters.

Lilly Palmer looked and sounded the part of a refined sweet, pretty French girl (whatever that means) and was a good contrast to the uneducated and quick tempered brute (Garfield). As in so many stories, she wasn't fully appreciated by her man until the end. Anne Revere, as Garfield's mom (she seemed to always play the lead character's mother in 1940s films) was fascinating as she always was and kudos to Joseph Peveny as "Shorty" and Lloyd Gough a "Roberts." Both added a lot to the film. Wlliam Conrad and Hazel Brooks added some great film noir-- type dialog, berating each other once in a while.

These actors, and the photography of James Wong Howe, make this a cut above most if not all the so-called "boxing films."

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