Over-the-hill boxer Bill 'Stoker' Thompson insists he can still win, though his sexy wife Julie pleads with him to quit. But his manager Tiny is so confident he will lose, he takes money for a "dive" from tough gambler Little Boy...without bothering to tell Stoker. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to "take" Tiger Nelson, unaware of what will happen to him if he does. Written by
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Did You Know?
In the original poem, the boxer is called Pansy Jones (he goes by the name of Stoker Thompson in the film), he's black not white and, instead of being devotedly married as he is depicted in the movie, he was a bigamist. The main reason for the change of race was because RKO had no Afro-American leading men on contract at the time. James Edwards
, who appears in the cast, would have fitted the bill, but was not deemed as being well-known enough to carry the movie. See more
When Stoker is laying on the dressing room table after the fight, the position of Gus's "Love" magazine, located above Stoker's head, changes from the medium shot to the closeup. See more
Well, that's the way it is. You're a fighter, you gotta fight.
Referenced in Les maîtres fous
"The Nearness of You' (1938) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
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