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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I Want a Man... Not a Human Punching Bag!
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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 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
Yeah, top spot. And I'm just one punch away.
I remember the first time you told me that. You were just one punch away from the title shot then. Don't you see, Bill, you'll always be just one punch away.
Featured in Film Review: Robert Wise
"The Nearness of You' (1938) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
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