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10 April 1953 (USA) See more »
Made of FIRE and ICE... and everything DANGEROUS! See more »
A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Barbara Payton ... Lorna Vecchi
Frederick Valk ... Giuseppe Vecchi
John Slater ... Charlie Sullivan
Sidney James ... Sharkey
Tony Wright ... Johnny Flanagan
Marie Burke ... Mother Vecchi
Selma Vaz Dias ... Mrs. Corelli, Vecchi's sister
Enzo Coticchia ... Mr. Corelli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Adcock ... Booth Man (uncredited)
John Brooking ... Barnes (uncredited)
Roy Catthouse ... Black Fighter (uncredited)
Tom Clegg ... Tattooed Fighter (uncredited)
Bettina Dickson ... Barmaid (uncredited)
Ralph Moss ... Kossov's Second (uncredited)
Joe Quigley ... Lou Kossov (uncredited)
Bob Simmonds ... Booth Man (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Audience Member with Thick Glasses (uncredited)
George Woodbridge ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
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Directed by
Reginald Le Borg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Max Catto  novel
Guy Elmes  screenplay
Richard H. Landau  screenplay (as Richard Landau)

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Original Music by
Ivor Slaney 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey  (as Walter Harvey)
Film Editing by
James Needs 
Art Direction by
C. Wilfred Arnold  (as Wilfred Arnold)
Makeup Department
Nina Broe .... hair stylist
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Production Management
John 'Pinky' Green .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jimmy Sangster .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bill Salter .... sound recordist
Peter Davies .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator (as Leonard Harris)
Music Department
Ivor Slaney .... conductor
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Patrick Jenkins .... dialogue director (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Flanagan Boy" - UK (original title)
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USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Referenced in Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser (1957)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One bad blonde and one good blond, 9 January 2008
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

I saw this under its alternate title "Bad Blonde." Though Barbara Payton is billed before the title, I was confused: Yes, the actress had quite a reputation. She had life that was messy and ultimately very sad. It was more sordid and more interesting than the tabloid girls of today.

And the character she played was bad, to be sure. Yet, the movie makes much more sense under its original title: It's primarily about the character played by Tony Wright. Ms. Payton wears some alluring costumes but we hardly ever see Wright with his shirt on. When he's not boxing, he's swimming.

It's a sad story. Sort of a film noir, yes. But we feel bad for the basically decent people who are trampled on because of others' greed and desires. Frederick Valk is excellent as Giuseppi, the man drawn into representing the title character in his fight career.

The plot reminded me, particularly in his character, of Tennessee Williams" "Orpheus Descending." An interesting movie, if ultimately not an especially good one.

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