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Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Perelli (as Stan Adams)
Madame Spivy ...
Young fighter's promoter
Herbie Faye ...
Charlie, the Bartender
Barney Ross
Alex Miteff
Rory Calhoun ...
Himself (as Cassius Clay)
Gus Lesnevich
Willie Pep


Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a life outside the ring, or will Maish find a way to exploit him one more time? Written by John Whorfin

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Release Date:

16 November 1962 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Blood Money  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Opening traveling shot of bar customers watching fight on TV was apparently filmed in mirror behind bar because all beer labels and signs in background read backwards. See more »


Maish Rennick: [to army] He wins... I lose. Go get some sandwiches.
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Referenced in One More River (1964) See more »


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11 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney made this film a great black and white film classic for all future generations. However, as a young boy living in Richmond Hill, Queens during the 1940's, I had Abe Simon (great prize fighter, who fought Joe Lewis) a neighbor who lived down the street. Abe Simon was an adviser for this film along with Willie Pep (World Featherweight boxing Champion 1942-48/ 1949-50) Abe Simon looked like a giant and had huge hands, but was a very kind and down to earth person and well liked. Willie was also an adviser in this film for Anthony Quinn and later became a bouncer in NYC. These great boxer's gave this film the great realism that it has and it was great to see them along with another great boxer, Jack Dempsey, who owned a food establishment on Broadway NYC. This film clearly shows the horrible results of boxing in the ring for a profession, however, all boxers and future boxers should be praised for their great gifts in that field of endeavor.

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