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Director:
Writers:
Art Cohn (screenplay)
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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Forgotten gem See more (68 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 Boden ... 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)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Handler (uncredited)
Bud Cokes ... Fight Spectator (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)
Michael Jeffers ... Sidewalk Spectator (uncredited)
Maxine Johnston ... Girl (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Gambler (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Hawkins' Handler (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Vendor (uncredited)
Archie Leonard ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Frances Mack ... Woman (uncredited)
Dwight Martin ... Glutton (uncredited)
William McCarther ... Handler (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lynn Millan ... Bunny (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ben Moselle ... Referee (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)
Tony Roux ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Sam (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Man (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ... Ring Second (uncredited)
Everett Smith ... Tattoo Man (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ... Fun Palace Barker (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Nelson's Second (uncredited)
Arthur Sullivan ... Handler (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Fight Spectator (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 (screenplay)

Joseph Moncure March (from the poem by)

Produced by
Richard Goldstone .... producer
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 supervisor
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
Clem Portman .... sound
 
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


Production Companies
  • RKO Radio Pictures (presents) (as R K O Radio Pictures Inc.) (as An R K O Radio Picture also)
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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:A | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #13476)

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Trivia:
Released in France under the title "We Have Won Tonight".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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Soundtrack:
Speak Your HeartSee more »

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33 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten gem, 25 June 2004
Author: arngest from Toronto, Ontario

Robert Wise was one of Hollywood's most versatile and talented directors, but amidst all the classic films he made, this one was purportedly his personal favourite. It's easy to see why. Seedy, gritty, and stark, it's about as subtle as a hard right to the jaw. Ryan - one of the most underrated actors in American cinema - delivers a superb performance as Stoker, an aging boxer looking to salvage his dignity if not his career. It's a moral choice that could cost him his friends, his marriage and his future. Among the many interesting facets of the film is the use of other boxers on the night's ticket to reflect and reveal aspects of Stoker's own character - the loss of his youthful dreams, the fear of pain and permanent damage. Wise reserves such subtle devices for Stoker alone - every other character is rather one-dimensional, though this came across to me as a conscious choice to better fit the story into the 'real time' format, and to keep us focused solely on Stoker's story. The camera work and visuals are as stark and as potent as the story, carefully chosen to reflect the emotional beats of the story. Overall, an archetypal example of film noir not to be missed. Don't consider yourself a true film buff until you've seen this movie!

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