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Prizefighter Johnny is in love with his promoter O'Malley's daughter Pat. His best friend, sports reporter Rick, is also in love with her but knows that she loves Johnny. Lonely Rick takes up drinking and women (including Marilyn Monroe in nightclub bit part). Johnny knows his right hand is going bad and has to work fast to make real money. Written by
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I completely disagree with the prevailing opinions on this one.
greaser unsure of its direction married to Powell several years disagree with others--MUCH better boxing films out there. good, tough boxing sequences reaction AFTER he decks Dick is bizarre unlikable
For the most part, the reviews for "Right Cross" on IMDb are very, very positive. I have a hard time understanding this, as I thought the film was mediocre until the end--and then it was downright awful.
Johnny (Ricardo Montalban) is in love with Pat (June Allyson)--though for the life of me, I had no idea what attracted either towards each other. Regardless, Johnny is a boxer and is a real contender for the championship. However, the years of boxing have taken their toll--and the doctor tells Johnny he may have to give up boxing because he hand may not hold up. So, instead of dealing with it, Johnny spends most of the movie sulking and acting like a jerk. He never is consistent as a character and you wonder why ANYONE wants to be around him. Because of this, Rick (Dick Powell) thinks perhaps he should make a play for Pat-- after all, he's secretly had a crush on her for some time. What will happen with 'the big fight'?
The film was only okay. On the plus side, the boxing sequences were good but the characters were bland and often contradictory (especially Johnny). But he ending...YUCK!!! It made zero sense and Rick's reaction AFTER Johnny belts him is just ultra-bizarre. The film is poorly written and there are TONS of other boxing films that are significantly better than this one. In fact, MOST boxing films are significantly better than this one!
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