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Tennessee Champ (1954)

Approved | | Drama | 5 March 1954 (USA)
A little B-picture that M-G-M tossed out, barely promoted and forgot about but one that is better than some of the A-dross from Leo in the same era. Shelley Winters, after an absence of 15 ... See full summary »

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A little B-picture that M-G-M tossed out, barely promoted and forgot about but one that is better than some of the A-dross from Leo in the same era. Shelley Winters, after an absence of 15 months from the screen, is on the down-side of her sexpot days and the upside of her character days and is excellent as the devoted wife trying to keep her larcency-inclined husband on the up-and-up and has more losses than wins in that department; Kennan Wynn is even better as her fight-manager husband and gives a controlled performance as a blustery character, as opposed to the uncontrolled, mail-it-in, over-the-top blustery characters he later played in many westerns; and Earl Holliman as Wynn's harmonica-playing, punch-drunk handyman is dead on the mark. Story, which strays a bit toward the melodramatic in places, concerns a deacon's son,Daniel Norson(Dewey Martin), who thinks he has killed a man in a fight over a girl and goes on the lam. He is picked up by fight manager Willy Wurble (Keenan ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Shelley & Kennan banter between rounds
6 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cute light comedy/drama is more notable for the sly humor between Shelley Winters and Keenan Wynn than its rather far-fetched story about raising money to bankroll a tabernacle through boxing.

This was Shelley's first film after a period off screen due to the birth of her daughter and she looks great. Shot in vivid color with Shelley dressed in some very striking ensembles, one hat she wears looks like she has a red & white mint on top her head!, and plush surroundings standard for MGM. You would never realize this was made on a low budget since it looks better than many films shot today. Dewey Martin doesn't really stand out in the lead although he's earnest enough. He's certainly in peak physical condition much more so than was typical at the time and the script provides almost endless opportunities for him to show his physique. Also in the cast are two actors, Earl Holliman and Charles Bronson, who would rise to prominence over the next couple of decades.

As for the story, which is similar to 1956's The Leather Saint with John Derek as a boxing priest and Paul Douglas his manager, it's pretty corny but not enough to spoil the pleasure of the viewer's experience. No great shakes but a fun diversion.


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