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Abraham Polonsky (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 November 1947 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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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)
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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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104 min
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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:
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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great '40s film starring John Garfield, 22 April 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

John Garfield is a fighter taken over "Body and Soul" in this 1947 Faustian drama about a man who becomes too heady with success and too greedy, eventually signing on with a crooked fight promoter. Garfield is supported here by Lilli Palmer, Anne Revere, Hazel Brooks, William Conrad, Canada Lee and Lloyd Gough.

American filmmakers love boxing movies, and why not? It's a one on one brutal action sport that has inherent in it good drama because of what is at stake for people who most likely came from nothing and used their fists on the street. "Body and Soul" is no different in this regard, but it's one of the best of its kind. It also boasts an unusual and exceptionally talented cast.

The film is loaded with conflict for Charlie Davis (Garfield) - his mother (Revere) doesn't want him to fight; he's in love with Peg (Palmer) and wants to marry her but is talked into delaying it when he signs on with a new and corrupt promoter, Roberts (Gough). This will be the first of Charlie's concessions and unfortunately not the last. He fights Ben (Lee), but isn't told that the man has a blood clot and he needs to coast through only a few rounds. Instead, he pulverizes Ben, causing further brain damage, and takes him on as a trainer out of guilt. Then he's seduced by a money-hungry babe named Alice (Brooks). And on and on, until Roberts bets against him and orders him to take a dive in the championship fight he's been waiting for. (With all the films done about taking dives, anyone who bets on a fight is nuts.) Something about this movie - maybe it's the theme song, which is one of my favorites - swept me away. It's one of Garfield' most colorful performances, and the beautiful, classy Palmer is a perfect juxtaposition not only to the streetwise Charlie but the trashy Alice.

The truly transcendent role and performance is essayed by Canada Lee, a wonderful actor who died too young and had too few opportunities in film. His performance as the volatile, ill Ben was Oscar-worthy. Like Ben Carter in "Crash Dive," the fact that Lee is black does not enter into the script at all, and he is treated as an equal. For all the rotten stereotyping done in films at that time, there were a few scripts that defied it. Lee was blacklisted and died in 1952(the same year that John Garfield died), at 45, almost literally of a broken heart. He left a legacy of five films and some wonderful stage work, including Orson Welles' all-black Macbeth. Cast members Garfield, Lee, Anne Revere, Lloyd Gough, Art Smith, Shimen Ruskin, scriptwriter Abraham Polonsky and producer Bob Roberts would all find themselves blacklisted, and director Rossen would be threatened but admit to being a Communist and name names.

Magnificently photographed in black and white by James Wong Howe and with top direction, "Body and Soul" is an example of how wonderful film can be.

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