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Director:
Writers:
Art Cohn (screen play by)
Joseph Moncure March (from the poem by)
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Release Date:
2 April 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
I Want a Man... Not a Human Punching Bag! See more »
Plot:
Over-the-hill boxer Bill 'Stoker' Thompson insists he can still win, though his sexy wife Julie pleads with him to quit... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Ryan ... Stoker
Audrey Totter ... Julie

George Tobias ... Tiny
Alan Baxter ... Little Boy
Wallace Ford ... Gus
Percy Helton ... Red
Hal Baylor ... Tiger Nelson (as Hal Fieberling)

Darryl Hickman ... Shanley
Kenny O'Morrison ... Moore
James Edwards ... Luther Hawkins

David Clarke ... Gunboat Johnson
Phillip Pine ... Souza
Edwin Max ... Danny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Anderson ... Husband (uncredited)
Larry Anzalone ... Mexican Fighter (uncredited)

Burman Bodel ... Man (uncredited)
Herman Bodel ... Man (uncredited)
Ruth Brennan ... Woman (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Wife (uncredited)
John Butler ... Blind Man's Buddy (uncredited)
Andy Carillo ... Man (uncredited)
Lillian Castle ... Woman (uncredited)
Jack Chase ... Hawkins' Second (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Gene Delmont ... Handler (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Ring Caller (uncredited)
Paul Dubov ... Gambler (uncredited)
Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig ... Timekeeper (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Bettor with Bunny (uncredited)
David Fresco ... Mickey (uncredited)
Bernard Gorcey ... Tobacco Man (uncredited)
Vincent Graeff ... Newsboy (uncredited)
William E. Green ... Doctor (uncredited)
Bobby Henshaw ... Announcer (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Corner Man (uncredited)
Maxine Johnston ... Girl (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Gambler (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Hawkins' Handler (uncredited)
Archie Leonard ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Frances Mack ... Woman (uncredited)
Dwight Martin ... Glutton (uncredited)
William McCarther ... Handler (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lynn Millan ... Bunny (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ben Moselle ... Referee (uncredited)
Noble "Kid" Chissell ... Handler (uncredited)

Tommy Noonan ... Masher on Street (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Pitchman (uncredited)
Brian O'Hara ... Man with Cigar (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Husband (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Man (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Bat - Program Vendor (uncredited)
Walter Ridge ... Manager (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Man (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Man (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ... Ring Second (uncredited)
Everett Smith ... Tattoo Man (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ... Fun Palace Barker (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Nelson's Second (uncredited)
Arthur Sullivan ... Handler (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Man (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Fight Spectator Behind the Glutton (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Man (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Hamburger Man (uncredited)
Gay Waters ... Girl (uncredited)
Constance Worth ... Wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
Art Cohn (screen play by)

Joseph Moncure March (from the poem by)

Produced by
Richard Goldstone .... produced by
Dore Schary .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Roland Gross 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Jack Okey 
 
Set Decoration by
James Altwies (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervision
Gale McGarry .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Josef Norin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Killy .... assistant director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Phil Brigandi .... sound by
Clem Portman .... sound by
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jim Curley .... grip (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Indrisano .... fight sequences
Leonard Shannon .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Daniel B. Ullman .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
73 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:18A | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1949) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:Approved (certificate #13478)

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Trivia:
Robert Wise said he was willing to cast a black actor as the lead character (as it was originally written), but since there were no African-American leading actors in Hollywood at the time, he was obligated to switch the character to a white man.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: During the fight, a man in front of Little Boy and his girlfriend bets $20 with his companion that Stoker will "go the distance". Little Boy's girl takes him up on the bet. Later the man says "I still say it will go the limit". Little Boy's girl bets him $100 that it won't. When the fight ends with Stoker the winner by a knockout, Little Boy's girl pays off the bets at Little Boy's insistence. But the fight did not go the distance - a decision by the judges. So Little Boy's girl was a winner, not a loser, even though the wrong guy got knocked out.See more »
Quotes:
Stoker:Well, that's the way it is. You're a fighter, you gotta fight.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fighters (1991) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sidewalk BoogieSee more »

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23 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
'Rocky' Before There Was A "Rocky', 20 December 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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