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Champion -- A boxer alienates all those around him until he enters the ring with his ultimate foe, himself. His greed for glory causes his ultimate downfall.  A colorized version was released on home video in 1990.

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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:
Every woman goes for a Champion. See more »
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 »
User Reviews:
A Tour-de-force acting of Douglas as boxer desperately fights his way to the success. See more (45 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)

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

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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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Diamonds (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Never Be It SaidSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Tour-de-force acting of Douglas as boxer desperately fights his way to the success., 29 April 2010
Author: ma-cortes

A selfish boxer (Kirk Douglas in the title role playing one of his earliest characters as main star) alienates the people around him , his captivating wife (Ruth Roman as the victimized spouse), his loving brother (a restrained Arthur Kennedy) ,trainer (a moderate Paul Stewart) and other women (Marilyn Maxwell, Lola Albright).

This interesting movie based on a screenplay by prestigious Carl Foreman is a noir drama about boxing world with an ambitious starring well personified by Kirk Douglas. The violent boxing images shocked audiences of the 40s and still retains quite power nowadays. It's a grueling boxing tale with tough realism full of face-blistering, punch, knocks until ¨Raging Bull¨ surpassed it years later. Top-notch acting by Kirk Douglas as merciless, ruthless boxer in his usual hard-driving style and winning a deservedly best actor Academy Award nomination. Dark cinematography in black and white plenty of of lights and shades by Franz Planer. Atmospheric musical score by the classic Dimitri Tiomkin.

The motion picture is well realized by Mark Robson. In the early 40s Robson was much involved with the low-budget terror unit in charge of producer Val Lewton , for whom made ¨Seventh victim¨, ¨The ghost ship¨, and ¨Island of the dead¨. In the late 1940s Robson joined Stanley Kramer's independent company and directed his biggest commercial hit to date with ¨The champion¨. Years later Robson made another good film about corruption in boxing world titled ¨The harder they fall¨ with Humphrey Bogart. In the late 1960s, his work did decline . His last movie was a jinx one titled ¨Avalancha express¨. Robson and his main star, Robert Shaw, died suddenly from heart attacks. Rating : Above average, well worth seeing. This is certainly one of the best movies ever made about boxing world

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