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In Coaltown, Pennsylvania, miner Coke Mason hopes to better himself, buy a radio store, and marry Rose Warren. His gambler brother George thinks Coke can be more successful as a boxer, knowing that when he fights he's consumed with a murderous rage that makes him an "iron man." Seeing dollar signs in Rose's eyes, Coke reluctantly agrees, though he's fearful of the "killer instinct" that makes him a knockout success in the ring...and brings him the booing hatred of the fans. Will Coke throw off his personal demon before he kills someone? Written by
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Jeff Chandler plays Coke Mason a coal miner who has a "killer like fighting instinct when provoked). His brother George (Stephen McNally) recognises this and convinces Coke that fighting will earn him more than enough money to open up the radio shop he dreams of owning with his Gal Rose (Evelyn Keyes).
Thats about all of the plot I will give away. The movie also starred a young Rock Hudson who plays the "nice guy" Tommy Speed O'Keefe ( I can understand how Rock was a ladies favourite).
The storyline did enough to keep me interested however the fight scenes which really are crucial to the character development of Coke Mason were atrocious. Yes the movie is 49 years old now, but Chandler's attempt at demonstrating ring skills were laughable. He looks more like the HunchBack of Notre Dame rather than a deranged "maniac fighter". His opponents would have more likely buckled over in laughter at seeing his stance.
To ensure that Jeff Chandler came over as a nice guy by movies end and ensure a happy ending for all, Coke goes from dirty to clean by movies end and wins the respect of all. It would have been a better plot for Coke to self destruct and chronicle how the win at all costs attitude can destroy you. I assume however that at the time Chandler wanted to remain a fan favourite and good guys did that.
I gave the movie a 6/10.
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