A struggling artist becomes a New York City prizefighter in an attempt to win the affection of the ring promoter's night club singing sister.


(as Lew Seiler)


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Cast overview:
Laurie Durant
Rex Durant
Chris Sherwood
Dr. Arnold Vincent
Terrance O'Leary
Ransom M. Sherman ...
Tex Sanders (as Ransom Sherman)
Freddie Steele ...
Duke Carney (as Fred Steele)
Robert Lowell ...

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A struggling artist becomes a New York City prizefighter in an attempt to win the affection of the ring promoter's night club singing sister.

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Drama | Film-Noir | Sport


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Release Date:

24 December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Marca do Destino  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nitrate prints of this film are held by the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »


Michael Gordon - aka Mike Angelo: [we hear his thoughts as the referee counts him out] What's the matter with that guy? He's counting me out. He's got it all wrong. I can take it. Wait a minute, look chum, I'm getting up. Gotta get up. Wait.
[the bell rings]
Michael Gordon - aka Mike Angelo: .
Michael Gordon - aka Mike Angelo: [he continues on his stool in the corner] Listen to them, they're after blood. What am I doing here, waiting for the kiss-off? I'm not the boy that want. I'm a long way from home. I gotta tell 'em that. I'm not your boy, you hear me? I belong on a beach. A nice, quiet beach....
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Referenced in Suspense: Dead Ernest (1949) See more »


The Girl with the Spanish Drawl
Music by Foster Curbelo (as Fausto Curbelo)
Lyrics by John Camacho (song "La chica con el acento español")
English lyrics by Mack David
Sung by a vocal group at the Pelican Club as "The Guy with the Spanish Drawl"
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Tangled Tale Minus Noir Style
25 January 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Too bad this promising noir with a solid cast and a Warner Bros. pedigree doesn't turn out better. Certainly Dane Clark gives his central role as a painter turned boxer (!) his sweaty best. At the same time, the statuesque Alexis Smith looks like a Greek goddess even if her emoting is on the wispy side, while Eve Arden contributes her usual witty asides. The problem, as I see it, is with a muddled script and lackluster direction (Seiler). There are echoes in this storyline of Humoresque's (1946) tough guy Garfield turned concert violinist. But that film had a coherent screenplay, whereas this one has something to do with love- struck painter Clark getting involved with gangsters (Scott) who turn him into an expert boxer, with a wild card doctor (Lynn) thrown in. Okay, I'm not the brightest bulb on the block, but I had real trouble making sense of all this and I don't think it was my fault. The various threads are hard to untangle.

Then too, the narrative fails to make much use of the colorful Zachary Scott, who can make any scene compelling when given the chance. Here, I would say he walks through his role, but given his wheelchair, that's not quite appropriate. In fact, the best scene may be the car striking the wheelchair, which may be the most sudden and realistic collision I've seen. Otherwise, director Seiler unfortunately adds nothing, neither mood nor style. Anyway, the total adds up to a disappointment given the promising cast amidst noir's golden studio era.

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