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.
Pink Floyd's song "Lost for Words" used a boxing match sound from this movie as a background (the announcer words - "Ladies and gentlemen, the winner by a knockout..." in the fight where Midge knocks down the boxer he was fixed to lose). The song appears in "The Division Bell" album, released in 1994.