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Champion (1949)

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Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people.

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Lola Albright ...
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Luis Van Rooten ...
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Harry Shannon ...
Lew
John Daheim ...
Dunne (as John Day)
Ralph Sanford ...
Hammond
Esther Howard ...
Mrs. Kelly
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Midge Kelly, hitchhiking west with lame brother Connie, is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he's severely beaten, manager Tommy Haley finds him promising. Arrived in California, Midge and Connie find nothing but a menial job from which Midge gets relief by seducing Emma, a lovely young waitress. One shotgun marriage later, ambitious Midge falls back on the only option he knows: boxing. Seduced by cheering crowds, money, and a succession of blondes, Midge becomes more and more of a hero in public...and a heel in private. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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This is the only sport in the world where two guys get paid for doing something they'd be arrested for if they got drunk and did it for nothing.


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9 April 1949 (USA)  »

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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 17, 1950 with Kirk Douglas reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Midge mangles the sculpture that Palmer has made of him, twisting the head out of alignment. In next shot, the head of statue is back in its original location. See more »

Quotes

Midge Kelly: For the first time in my life, people cheering for me. Were you deaf? Didn't you hear 'em? We're not hitchhiking any more. We're riding!
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Soundtracks

Never Be It Said
By Dimitri Tiomkin and Goldie Goldmark (as "Goldie" Goldmark)
Sung by Polly Bergen (uncredited)
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Fine Film
30 June 2003 | by (la) – See all my reviews

A great film, really well done. Kirk Douglas was great in this movie, and there isn't a time during the film that you don't believe Douglas could really be a boxer. Sure, there are some moments where you can plainly see the punches don't connect and some of the fight scenes are very poorly arranged, but outside that, this is one of the best boxing films ever made.


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