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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:
I Fell For You, Body And Soul 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:
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 11, 1949 with John Garfield and William Conrad reprising their film roles.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:
Charlie Davis:I don't want any handouts. Do you think I like waiting around for the whole world to make up its mind what to do with me? My mother don't understand.
Peg Born:What is it you want to do?
Charlie Davis:There's only one thing I know how to do. Fight.
Peg Born:Well if you want to fight, fight.
Charlie Davis:And it's all right with you?
Peg Born:Anything you want is all right with me. I love you, Charlie.
Charlie Davis:[makes a fist] It'll be quick.
Peg Born:Tiger, tiger.
Charlie Davis:Yeah, that's right. I got claws. But not for you Peg. Not for you.
[kisses her]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Exorcist (1973)See more »
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Body and SoulSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
I Fell For You, Body And Soul, 28 July 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Body and Soul was the first of several free lance productions that John Garfield did after his contract with Warner Brothers was concluded. He certainly didn't take any artistic chances because the role of Charlie Davis, the Jewish middleweight boxing champion from the Lower East Side of New York was something Garfield could identify with. He'd played a fighter in his second film, They Made Me A Criminal to great acclaim. And he'd appeared in the original production of Golden Boy though not in the lead. He'd be doing that on stage at the time of his demise in 1952.

But while Body and Soul didn't blaze any artistic trails for Garfield, it did give him a great role that earned him a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Garfield lost to Ronald Colman that year in A Double Life.

Garfield has the feel for the heart and soul of Davis because that was his background. Another reviewer suggested that the Davis character is based on the famous lightweight champion Benny Leonard who would have been a hero to a Jewish kid like Julius Garfinkle growing up first on the Lower East Side and then in the Bronx. Leonard also died around the time Body and Soul was being made and movie audiences would have known that and the film would have a special poignancy for them.

The story is told in flashback as Charlie Davis dozes off in the training room before a defense of his middleweight crown. He's in a depression about the death of someone named Ben.

Ben turns out to be Canada Lee former champion himself who was Garfield's trainer. We see how Garfield who at first listened to his mother Anne Revere not to fight, but then when father Art Smith dies, economics forces him into the ring. Garfield gets involved with two women, artist Lilli Palmer and nightclub singer Hazel Brooks.

He also gets involved with a manager who eventually turns on him in William Conrad and a sleazy promoter in Lloyd Gough. If you're a fan of boxing films I think you can figure out where this will all end up.

But the ride is a good one. Besides Garfield's nomination, Body and Soul got another Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky. And it won the Oscar that year for Best Film Editing. That's for the great work in that department during that final boxing match.

For fans of John Garfield, Body and Soul is a must. Besides all that there's that great Johnny Green-Edward Heyman song from the Thirties that got a revival because of this film.

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