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The Set-Up
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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 »
User Reviews:
Running On Pride See more (61 total) »

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Running On Pride, 13 August 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

If your taste runs to happy endings and beautiful people than stay away from The Set-Up. But if gritty and realistic drama is your taste you can't do better than this noir classic about the world of boxing. The Set-Up anticipated Rod Serling's Requiem For a Heavyweight by a decade as it deals with the same issues about a boxer at the end of his career.

Anthony Quinn might very well have seen Robert Ryan in The Set-Up when he played Mountain Rivera in Requiem For A Heavyweight. Rod Serling must have seen it as well. Both films deal with a boxer at the end of his career, but who has a lot of pride. Manager George Tobias and trainer Percy Helton get an offer from gambler Alan Baxter who is backing an up and coming heavyweight contender Hal Baylor. Ryan is just another step up the ladder, a ladder when Ryan was younger he was climbing. Tobias and Helton agree to take a dive, but no one can broach the subject to Ryan.

Which sets it all up for the final match and the aftermath where Ryan betrayed by all hangs in on nerve and pride alone. What happens afterward is for you to view, but don't expect the same kind of resolution that Requiem For A Heavyweight gave.

A really big surprise here are George Tobias and Percy Helton who normally play comic parts are quite serious here as a pair of fight game characters. The performances are so atypical of the work you've come to expect from both.

Ryan's amateur boxing career no doubt stood him in good stead for this role. He makes a rugged looking boxer who's been through the ring wars over and over again. That helps him in this latest encounter.

The sets are gritty and realistic, in fact I've never seen an urban area done so well until Otto Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm debuted six years later. Preminger also might have been influenced by The Set-Up when he made his classic.

Although unnoticed at first, The Set-Up has slowly built a reputation as one of the great noir films out of RKO and one of the best boxing films ever made. For myself it certainly influenced a lot of people.

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