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Director:
Writers:
Carl Foreman (screenplay)
Ring Lardner (story)
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Release Date:
9 April 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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.
Plot:
Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul? See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Midge
Marilyn Maxwell ... Grace

Arthur Kennedy ... Connie

Paul Stewart ... Haley

Ruth Roman ... Emma
Lola Albright ... Palmer
Luis Van Rooten ... Harris
Harry Shannon ... Lew
John Daheim ... Dunne (as John Day)
Ralph Sanford ... Hammond
Esther Howard ... Mrs. Kelly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Baldwin ... Bill Brown - Ringside Broadcaster (uncredited)
Sam Balter ... Championship Fight Announcer (uncredited)

Polly Bergen ... Radio and Jukebox Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Reporter at Benefit (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Reporter at Benefit (uncredited)
Paul Dubov ... Gangster (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Tough Tramp in Boxcar (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Fight Stadium Guard (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Well-Wisher in Nightclub (uncredited)
Hal March ... Mobster (uncredited)
George Meader ... Fight Doctor (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Reporter (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Speaker at Benefit (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Referee (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Al - Kansas City Manager (uncredited)
Court Shepard ... Fighter (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Dunne's Cornerman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Kansas City Referee (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
Carl Foreman (screenplay)

Ring Lardner (story "Champion")

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Robert Stillman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Frank Planer)
 
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Gustaf Norin .... makeup supervisor (as Gus Norin)
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Volkman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer (as Jean Speak)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Perry Finnerman .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Ouellette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dave Ragin .... camera operator (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... grip (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... wardrobe: men
Adele Parmenter .... wardrobe: ladies
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music director
Joseph Dubin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mushy Callahan .... technical adviser
Don Weis .... dialogue director
Sally Hamilton .... executive secretary (uncredited)
Ace Hudkins .... boxing coach (uncredited)
Stanley Kramer .... presenter (uncredited)
Dale Tate .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #13642) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Hal March, a popular 50s stage, film and TV personality, is seen here, as a mob enforcer meeting out punishment against Midge Kelly (Kirk Douglas) for Kelly's failure to "throw" a fight. March would later be implicated in a real life "fix", as he was host of the popular but ill fated TV quiz show "The $64,000 Questiion"(1955-57). This quiz show was cited in the 50s "Quiz Show Scandal", where some former contestants testified under oath that they were given information pertaining to the questions that they may be asked, in advance of their appearances on the show.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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!See more »
Soundtrack:
Never Be It SaidSee more »

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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?, 7 January 2005
Author: John Richards (monolith94) from Newburyport, MA

spoilers 1949's "Champion" explores this idea, and does it with a straightforward economy of style typical of the noir style. I'm not sure if I'd go all the way and label it noir - like Robert Wise's "The Set-Up" it feels like too much of a boxing film for me to do that, but it does come awfully close.

There are echoes of Howard Hawks' "Scarface" in "Champion", what with a lower class boy coming to power through violence and force of will. However, Kirk Douglas does it through reputable, official violence. On the other hand, although Midge Kelley distances himself from his family, Tony Camonte keeps his family close - the difference that it makes is that in the end, when both larger than life figures are near the end, Tony Camonte has his sister fighting by his side, whereas Midge has no one and nothing but madness.

The Director, Mark Robson, manages to make Midge's slow removal into being an asshole and a money-centered jerk convincing. You can't tell at first, but all the clues are there. It's a natural development, and really it is quite amazing to think back that this man, who does these awful things, started out so charming and sincere. All in all, well-done. The cinematography is great, too.

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