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Abraham Polonsky (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 November 1947 (USA) See more »
The story of a guy that women go for!
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 »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (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 ... Man in Fight Crowd (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #12435) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The poem quoted by Peg Born (Lilli Palmer) is "The Tiger" by William Blake, an English poet and artist.See more »
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 »
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]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.89" (2010)See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The usual tale, told well, 24 November 1999

In many ways, 'Body and Soul' is a very typical Hollywood story. It has the 'local boy makes it big', the 'vamp and the virgin', the 'corrupt businessmen' and of course the final moral fight. However, James Wong Howe's brilliant cinematography and John Garfield's solid acting lift this movie above the norm. Every emotion is heart-felt, and the tension at the end is perfectly presented. One of the best boxing movies.

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