Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his cantankerous old grandfather become inseparable friends. But Gramps is concerned for his grandson's ... See full summary »
Harold S. Bucquet
When he learns that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner, returning WW2 hero Joe Miracle steals the money from the club's safe and hides in a settlement home, while the mob is on his tail.
This film received its initial television presentation in Philadelphia Sunday 2 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in New York City it was first telecast 2 January 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and on the West Coast, it first aired in San Francisco 1 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), followed by Los Angeles 26 December 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »
In the seventh round of his fight against Patsy Cigones (Larry Cisneros), Tommy McCoy (Mickey Rooney) is actually held up by the referee to prevent him from falling after he takes a strong hit from his opponent. See more »
Mickey Rooney does a good job. He is believable as a fighter. That would be the title character. He is, of course, believable in a soft-shoe routine done with his character's father. The father is James Dunn. Dunn is heartbreaking in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn." Here is good but it's not a well developed character.
The childhood friend Rooney fights is very good, as is his wife. (The wife seems quite a bit older.) I always think of Ann Blyth as Joan Crawford's monstrous daughter in "Mildred Pierce." For me, she doesn't work in a sympathetic role like the one she plays here. Hers is other underwritten character.
It's filmed well and holds the interest. But more than that I cannot say for it.
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