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The Fireball (1950)

Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he... See full summary »

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Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he is a champion, not, as with Mary, out of love for him. Then he gets polio. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Rooney Runs Riot on the Roller Raceways!

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Actor Glenn Corbett "introduced" in this film, is not to be confused with the better known actor Glenn Corbett (I) q.v. See more »

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Johnny Casar: Well, hiya Champ! Thought you'd be down practising - you could use plenty of it
Mack Miller: You loud mouthed little pest...
Johnny Casar: Woof, woof woof!
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Quite Enjoyable Little Film
18 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

If you are willing to suspend disbelief for 84 minutes and accept that someone who has never skated can become a roller derby champion in a matter of weeks or months, then you just might enjoy this movie. I watched it only to see Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest roles and wound up actually liking the movie. Pat O'Brien gives a solid performance in a familiar role as Father O'Hara and it is difficult not to fall in love with Beverly Tyler as Mickey Rooney's loyal, suffering girlfriend. And while Miss Monroe's role is a very minor one with only a few lines, her presence in this film, by definition, makes it a classic.


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