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Alias the Champ (1949)

New York gangsters trying to muscle in on the California wrestling scene come up against a wrestler who won't knuckle under. They frame him for a murder, and his manager and a cop set out ... See full summary »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorraine Connors
Al Merlo (as Jim Nolan)
John Harmon ...
Chuck Lyons
Sammy Menacker ...
Sammy Menacker
Tim Murphy
Police Commissioner Bronson
Stephen Chase ...
Dist. Atty. Gould
Frank J. Scannell ...
Bert Tracy (as Frank Scannell)
Frank Yaconelli ...
Emmett Vogan ...
Doc Morgan
John Wald ...
TV Announcer (voice)
Gorgeous George ...
Gorgeous George
Mike Ruby ...


New York gangsters trying to muscle in on the California wrestling scene come up against a wrestler who won't knuckle under. They frame him for a murder, and his manager and a cop set out to clear his name, catch the real killers and save the reputation of the sport of wrestling. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Crime | Comedy






Release Date:

15 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pardon My Toe-Hold  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the only feature film appearance for George Wagner as his professional wrestling persona, Gorgeous George. His flair for showmanship made him a national sensation at the time and one of the first superstars on the new medium of television. See more »

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Oh go on your permanents slipping
1 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** With top contender Sammy "The Bull" Menacker mouthing off all over the press and TV about west coast wresting champion Gorgeous George Wagner's hairdo and wardrobe as well as him being a pansy and ducking him he's finally forced to give him a shot at the crown. Only to end up being indited for murder when Menacker suddenly dropped dead during his match with George after being body slammed by him. It's George's good friend police Let. Ron Patterson who feels that George was set up by the New York Syndicate because he refused to play along with it in having it fix his matches. That in having George forced in throwing fights that they bet against him and on his opponents.

Faced with a 1st degree murder charge George is given a life-line by Let. Patterson in getting the TV studio that broadcast his match with Menacker to re-broadcast it to the grand jury and find a clue to what or who really murdered Manacker. We earlier found out that the east coast hood Al Marlo is behind all this in trying to take over the wrestling racket with the champ Gorgeous George as his major obstacle in doing that. Now with George's good friend Let. Patterson given the post as the state wrestling Code administrator Marlo got real desperate and went as far as pining a murder on George to get him out of the way and behind bars.

****SPOILERS****In the only motion picture that he made Gorgeous George kept his flamboyance in and out of the ring as low as possible. He played himself as a victim not the obnoxious bully as he was in real life that made the audience root for instead of boo him. I don't know if it was Geoege's idea but I noticed he being the star of the movie was almost at the bottom of it's closing credits in what can only be called a show of humility on George's part. As for the murder that he's accused of George was vindicated by his friend Let. Patterson who moved heaven & earth to find Menacker's murderer. That in Patterson finding Menacker killer on the tape of his match with George using a poison pen to do him in.

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