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Duke of Chicago (1949)

Approved | | Drama | 15 March 1949 (USA)
Retired middleweight champ Jimmy Brody has quit the ring for his socialite fiancée, Helen Cunningham, and gone into the book publishing business with her father, Chester. Helen goes on a ... See full summary »

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Tony Russo
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Chester Cunningham
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Gus Weller (as Skeets Gallagher)
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Helen Cunningham
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Terry Shea
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'Tex' Harman
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Steve 'Killer' Bronski
George Beban Jr. ...
Speedy
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Bryce
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Kroner
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Retired middleweight champ Jimmy Brody has quit the ring for his socialite fiancée, Helen Cunningham, and gone into the book publishing business with her father, Chester. Helen goes on a world cruise and Chester informs Jimmy that they must have money in order to avoid bankruptcy. So, to raise money and believing the world-cruising Helen will not hear about it, Jimmy arranges with his old manager, Gus Weller, to see promoter Tex Harmon about a match with the current titleholder, "Killer" Bronski. Big-shot gambler Tony Russo agrees to underwrite the challenger's cut and to take care of the publicity. Tony hires a fast-talking press agent, Terry Shea, to build Jimmy up as the favorite, with the intention of cashing in on what he believes will be Bronski's certain victory. The reason that Tony believes this is because he has dropped several pointed hints to Jimmy that Jimmy will stay healthy after the fight only if he emerges the loser. Jane Cunningham, Chester's younger daughter, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 March 1949 (USA)  »

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O Valente de Chicago  »

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The Cunningham's car is a 1948 Chrysler; Jane (Audrey Long) drives a 1949 Ford Convertible. See more »

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Retired middleweight champ Jimmy Brody (Tom Brown) has quit the ring for his socialite fiancée, Helen Cunningham (Lois Hall), and gone into the book publishing business with her father, Chester (Paul Harvey.) Helen goes on a world cruise and Chester informs Jimmy that they must have money in order to avoid bankruptcy, but neither connects their money problems with Helen's world-cruising.

So, to raise money and believing the world-cruising Helen will not hear about it, Jimmy arranges with his old manager, Gus Weller (Skeets Gallagher), to see promoter Tex Harmon (Joseph Crehan) about a match with the current titleholder, "Killer" Bronski (Harvey Parry.) Big-shot gambler Tony Russo (Grant Withers)agrees to underwrite the challenger's cut and to take care of the publicity.

Tony hires a fast-talking press agent, Terry Shea (Matt McHugh), to build Jimmy up as the favorite, with the intention of cashing in on what he believes will be Bronski's certain victory. The reason that Tony believes this is because he has dropped several pointed hints to Jimmy that Jimmy will stay healthy after the fight only if he emerges the loser.

Jane Cunningham (Audrey Long), Chester's younger daughter, suspects something is up and enlists the aid of her fellow reporter, "Ace" Martin (DeForest Kelley). They pay a call on Tony and "Ace" threatens to blast him in the press. But before he can, Tony has him blasted in the alley. The police secretly assign a member of the homicide detail, Kroner (Dale Van Sickel)to keep a close watch on Tony, but this is a day-too-late assignment as far as the late "Ace" is concerned.

Helen hears about the fight via ship-to-shore and sends Jimmy a wire breaking their engagement, and this is important to the plot as a romance with a traveling fiancée is hard to maintain, so Jimmy takes up with his ex-fiancée's kid sister.

Jimmy has already accepted his end of the money and used it to bail out the business of his future father-in-law, and this means that the fix is in as far as Tony is concerned, and the thought here is that a-deal-is-a-deal and Jimmy is ethically-bound to honor his agreement with Tony.

Jimmy, of course, turns out to be an ungrateful fink and wins the fight, but gets hammered a bit doing so and has to go to the hospital. And the (rightfully so) highly-displeased Tony sends one of his henchies to the hospital to deliver a man's-gotta-do-what-he-said-he-would-do lecture to the double-crossing Jimmy and Tony tells the lecturer to take a .38 along for show-and-tell purposes.


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