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The true story of Barney Ross, a World War II hero and champion professional boxer, who became addicted to morphine.

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Cast overview:
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Barney Ross
Dianne Foster ...
Cathy Holland
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Rico (as Paul E. Richards)
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Sam Pian
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Noreen
Lisa Golm ...
Barney's Mother
Barry Kelley ...
Big Ralph
Dayton Lummis ...
J.L. McAvoy
Lewis Charles ...
Lew Surati
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Dr. A.J. Latham
Richard Benedict ...
Art Winch
Brad Harris ...
Spike McAvoy
Robert Holton ...
Dr. Sullivan
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The true story of Barney Ross, a World War II hero and champion professional boxer, who became addicted to morphine.

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SHOCK by SHOCK...It Jabs Like a Hopped-Up Needle!

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6 March 1958 (Sweden)  »

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Monkey on My Back: The Story of Barney Ross  »

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Former "Our Gang" child star 'Scotty Beckett (I)' makes his final film appearance as a medic who helps Ross get hooked on morphine. Sadly, Beckett himself would die of a drug overdose ten years after this film was released. See more »

Goofs

When Barney leaves the hospital in the closing scene, there is clearly an open courtyard between the hospital and the gate. As Barney and Cathy run toward each other, they appear to be on a tree lined lane. When the camera shows them exiting the gate, the open courtyard appears again. See more »

Quotes

Barney Ross: Look Rico. I only got eight bucks.
Rico, Drug Pusher: Start scrathin'. You see, you don't seem to understand. I'm risking ten years of my life with every move I make. I wanna get paid for it. And if I don't, my friends will break your wrists.
Barney Ross: Let me up Rico. Let me up!
Rico, Drug Pusher: You don't understand champ. The real torture hasn't started yet. The monkey will be on your back tomorrow.
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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 9 (2002) See more »

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How curious Monkey + Hatful - same year
22 November 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

After waiting years to see Hatful of Rain as they didn't show it on TCM until the 90's or so, I fell in love with the film.

Then I heard about the lesser shown "Monkey on My Back". Finally got to see it - wasn't disappointed. Similar story line. Men go into the service come back addicted to drugs.

Cameron Mitchell's portrayal of an addict is believable. A man that is afraid of nothing, lives life each day for the moment and doesn't worry about the future. Spends and lives lavishly but falls in love whole heartedly.

Unfortunately his love/need for drugs exceeds his love for his girlfriend/wife. You feel for him and his family but know the end result.


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