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The Set-Up (1949)

 -  Film-Noir | Sport  -  2 April 1949 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Stoker
Audrey Totter ...
Julie
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Tiny
Alan Baxter ...
Little Boy
Wallace Ford ...
Gus
Percy Helton ...
Red
Hal Baylor ...
Tiger Nelson (as Hal Fieberling)
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Shanley
Kenny O'Morrison ...
Moore
James Edwards ...
Luther Hawkins
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Gunboat Johnson
Phillip Pine ...
Souza
Edwin Max ...
Danny
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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I Want a Man... Not a Human Punching Bag! See more »

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2 April 1949 (USA)  »

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The Set-Up  »

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Trivia

The clock on the square at the beginning shows 9:05PM, and the same clock at the end shows 10:16PM. The movie takes place in real time. See more »

Goofs

When Julie Thompson takes her walk from the gymnasium, she watches Pacific Electric interurban cars as they enter a subway tunnel. Car No. 707 is shown passing twice in a row. See more »

Quotes

Red: I tell you, Tiny, you gotta let him in on it.
Tiny: How many times I gotta say it? There's no percentage in smartenin' up a chump.
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Connections

Featured in Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

"The Nearness of You' (1938) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
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'Rocky' Before There Was A "Rocky'
20 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fight scenes-wise, this was "Rocky" almost 30 years before there ever was a "Rocky." It was the same kind of unrelenting (and unrealistic in that no matter how bad the beating the good guy was getting, the good guy couldn't lose) boxing action that Sylvester Stallone likes so much.

But, don't get me wrong, I liked this film. It was good stuff. 'Rocky" was drama, romance while this was film-noir.....and solid film-noir, too.

Robert Ryan, playing a 35-year-old aging rank fighter, gives it his all against an up-and-coming kid, not knowing that he supposed to take a dive. He finally finds this out (his manager didn't tell him) and by then, he was not going give up trying against his opponent.

There are so many punches thrown in this four-round bout it will make your head swim. The best part of this film, to me, was the cinematography, which was outstanding. Kudos to director Robert Wise for the photography. There are a lot of nice facial closeups in here, all of which look sharp on the recent DVD transfer.

Humor is thrown into this film-noir as we see a variety of boxing fans, from the bloodthirsty woman to a fat man always eating to another guy acting out the action while in his ringside seat. They provide some much- needed respite from the grim story. Ryan, as he usually was, is interesting to watch. The ending of the film is a tough one and, I found tough to watch at times.

Note: the film was done in "real time" - a 72-minute period in the life of the boxer Ryan portrays.


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