MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,480 this week

Mister Universe (1951)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sport  |  10 January 1951 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 28 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

A gullible and honest "Mr. Universe" winner, Tommy Tomkins, gets added to the stable of a con-man and a wrestling prompter. He wins match after match, legitimately, and then balks when he ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 62 titles
created 22 Jun 2012
 
a list of 653 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 9240 titles
created 04 Jul 2013
 
a list of 161 titles
created 30 Jan 2014
 
list image
a list of 707 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mister Universe" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mister Universe (1951)

Mister Universe (1951) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mister Universe.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Intern (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A young, underappreciated intern at the ultra-hip magazine Skirt must learn to deal with kissy-face phoniness, model tantrums and bulimic editors, while trying to steal the heart of a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lange
Stars: Dominique Swain, Ben Pullen, Peggy Lipton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Fat middle aged 24/7 drunkard Les Patterson (Barry Humphries) represents Australia at the UN where his fart literally incinerates an Arab ambassador. Patterson is reassigned to the Middle ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller
Stars: Barry Humphries, Pamela Stephenson, Thaao Penghlis
Rabbit Test (1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

Lionel's life turns around after a one-night stand on top of a pinball table... he becomes the world's first pregnant man!

Director: Joan Rivers
Stars: Billy Crystal, Alex Rocco, Joan Prather
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day
Ben Casey (1961–1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

Stars: Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Jeanne Bates
Goosed (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Jennifer Tilly plays a woman who's told by her psychic that the man of her dreams is a doctor named Steve. Guess who the doctor is?

Director: Aleta Chappelle
Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Danielle Harris, Joan Rivers
Serial Mom (1994)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defence of her family.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Mark Haller-Wade
Stars: Phyllis Diller, Mark Fite, Jim Holmes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jeff Clayton
...
Lorraine
...
Tommy Tomkins (as Vincent Edwards)
...
Joe Pulaski
Robert Alda ...
Fingers Maroni
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
Big Ears, the Trainer (as Slapsy Maxie Rosenbloom)
Joyce Mathews ...
Maroni's Moll (as Joyce Matthews)
Harry Landers ...
Henchman
Donald Novis ...
Singer
Murray Rothenberg ...
Reporter
Dennis James ...
Announcer
The Missing Link ...
Wrestler - The Missing Link
Chief Flying Mare ...
Wrestler - Chief Flying Mare
Gorilla Hogan ...
Wrestler - Gorilla Hogan
Newton the Teuton ...
Wrestler - Newton the Teuton
Edit

Storyline

A gullible and honest "Mr. Universe" winner, Tommy Tomkins, gets added to the stable of a con-man and a wrestling prompter. He wins match after match, legitimately, and then balks when he is told he must lose a match, as all in the phony-sport of professional wrestling must do at one time or another.A complication arises when Tommy can not be taught to be dishonest. Complications also arise when a gangster tries to buy in on the setup. A "comedy" film based on the tragic career of prizefighter Primo Canera. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Thie matches weren't "fixed"...they were just"rehearsed!" (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 January 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bluff, brottare och gangsters  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to her book "Enter Talking", comedienne 'Joan Rivers (I)' was a 16-year-old chubby extra in the audience cheering on the wrestling match. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

If you've got some time to spare and can find it, this film is worth at least half-a box of popcorn.
15 April 1999 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

Long before he was Ben Casey, Vince Edwards dyed his hair platinum blonde, pumped iron and turned himself into quite the handsome little bodybuilding studboy. Taking note of his "natural" attributes, this little serio-comedy/gangster film takes place in a gym where down on his luck promoter Jack Carson takes a Mr. Universe contestant (Vince Edwards) and turns him into a professional wrestler (in the best tradition of Gorgeous George). Burt Lahr and Janis Paige do their best to pump life into this low budget retread and former champion Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom is thrown into the mix to give the situation some credibility. It just goes to show that the film business ain't all diamonds and caviar when you see the likes of Robert Alda and the normally great Jack Carson literally throwing their respective careers away with this $1.98 production.

There is a classic sequence showing an actual Mr. Universe pageant circa 1950. The bathing suits alone are worth the price of admission and of course there's always a possibility that the brilliantine in Mr. Edwards hair will take over the camera and set, just like the Blob, and obliterate all concerned.

Seriously, watch this film if you want to see 50's beefcake or how low a low budget movie can get.


19 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
old school? gorgeousgheorghe
Discuss Mister Universe (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?