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The Basketball Fix (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Sport | August 1951 (USA)
A college basketball star collaborrates with organized crime and becomes involved in 'point shaving.' A sportswriter tries to get him back on the right track.

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(as Felix Feist)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pete Ferreday
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Johnny Long
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Pat Judd
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Mike Taft
Hazel Brooks ...
Lily Courtney
Johnny Sands ...
Jed Black (as John Sands)
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Mickey Long (as Bobby Hyatt)
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Nat Becker
Ted Pierson ...
Police Lt. Garrett
John Phillips ...
Rival Reporter (as Johnny Phillips)
Lester Sharpe ...
Jewelry Salesman (as Lester Sharp)
Art Millan
Lionel Kay
Jack Reynolds
Donald Kerr ...
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A college basketball star collaborrates with organized crime and becomes involved in 'point shaving.' A sportswriter tries to get him back on the right track.

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Big-shot gamblers prostituting the nation's youth!

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Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Approved
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August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Decision  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Rival Reporter: Hiya, Pete. Mind if I join the wake? Quite a yarn, huh?
Pete Ferreday: Yeah.
The Rival Reporter: You cookin' up a new angle for your column?
Pete Ferreday: No, thanks. This one's been grilled, fried and boiled in every rag in the country.
The Rival Reporter: That so? There's an angle that hasn't been touched.
[he shows Pete a photo of Johnny Long in handcuffs]
The Rival Reporter: Earn your bracelet with a college degree.
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Shallow look at point shaving.
14 July 2002 | by (Northbrook, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

"Basketball Fix" has 25 year old Marshall Thompson playing Johnny, a basketball player fresh out of high school. (Which just goes to show that using actors in their mid-20s to play teenagers has been going on forever.) Anyway, Johnny becomes the best player on some unknown state university basketball team.

Things soon become complicated as he is approached by a friendly but shady character who wants him to shave points off of games. At first he refuses but circumstances cause him to reconsider.

There are no surprises at all in this film. The topic is handled just as you would expect it to be in the early '50s. It all culminates in an especially unfulfilling conclusion. 2/10


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