Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a... See full summary »
This semi-film within a film opens in the office of producer George Jessel, who never saw a camera he couldn't get in front of, who is holding a story conference to determine the screen ... See full summary »
A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife's past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is ... See full summary »
Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »
When he learns that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner, returning WW2 hero Joe Miracle steals the money from the club's safe and hides in a settlement home, while the mob is on his tail.
The photo of Johnny in handcuffs shown at the beginning of the film differs from the scene where the photo was taken. The lights in the building are off in the photo but on in the scene, the number of people standing behind Johnny are different, and the man in the plaid shirt standing next to the policeman in the photo is not standing next to him in the scene. See more »
Newspaper sports columnist John Ireland (as Pete Ferreday) finds mature-looking basketball player Marshall Thompson (as Johnny Long) in a high school locker room. With his father in a sanitarium, Mr. Thompson must work to support himself and little brother Bobby Hyatt (as Mickey); possibly, school officials were unaware of this living arrangement. After Mr. Ireland helps the young man win a scholarship, Thompson becomes a college freshman star athlete. Working at a swanky country club, Thompson meets curvy Vanessa Brown (as Pat Judd), and the two are quickly engaged. Still strapped for cash, Thompson is tempted by wealthy William Bishop (as Mike Taft), who pays players to "fix" game points.
"The Basketball Fix" doesn't look "Digitally Remastered," as is claimed on the present DVD releases; the picture is acceptable, but not sharp. The synopsis states, "This noir-ish film, expertly directed by Felix Feist, documents events that seem commonplace today, but were scandalous at the time of the film's original release." You might think a player like Thompson's "Johnny Long" would be satisfied with the millions of dollars he would make today, but perhaps not. And, the film doesn't really resemble a "film noir". It is a typical story about a sports youth being tempted by gangsters, but done in the style and structure of the recently successful "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), with Ireland channeling William Holden.
***** The Basketball Fix (8/51) Felix Feist ~ John Ireland, Marshall Thompson, Vanessa Brown, William Bishop
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