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The Set-Up (1949)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Sport | 2 April 1949 (USA)
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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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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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 »

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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 »

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Stoker: Yeah, top spot. And I'm just one punch away.
Julie: 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.
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Referenced in The Subject Was Roses (1968) See more »

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A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
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A Marvelous Example of Film Noir
10 May 1999 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is a marvelous example of the film noir genre. Directed by Robert Wise, who learned his craft under Val Lewton, the film's settings and lighting, convey the feeling of a 40's boxing scenario - the sweaty neighborhood arena, the seedy hotel, the dark dimly lit streets.

Robert Ryan is simply superb as the washed-up fighter who refuses to compromise his principles and take a dive. Audrey Totter as his long suffering wife and George Tobias as Ryan's handler are excellent too.


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