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

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Barney Ross
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Rico
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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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Though it was based on his autobiography and he was a consultant to the film, Barney Ross disavowed this movie, calling it "garbage." See more »

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(at around 33 mins) At the motel, a boom mic can be seen at the top of the screen while Barney and Cathy are hugging just seconds before the scene ends. 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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"The Beginning" is shown in the closing credits. See more »

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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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