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The Crowd Roars (1938)

Passed | | Action, Drama | 5 August 1938 (USA)
A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Thomas Lennon (screenplay), George Bruce (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Tommy McCoy
Edward Arnold ... Jim Cain
Frank Morgan ... Brian McCoy
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Sheila Carson
William Gargan ... Johnny Martin
Lionel Stander ... 'Happy' Lane
Jane Wyman ... Vivian Lee
Nat Pendleton ... 'Pug' Walsh
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Bill Thorne
Gene Reynolds ... Tommy McCoy - as a boy
Don 'Red' Barry ... Pete Mariola
Donald Douglas ... Murray
Isabel Jewell ... Mrs. Johnny Martin
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Father Ryan
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A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Romance of Park Ave. girl and boy from across the tracks. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La foule en délire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Oliver T. Marsh was listed as the photographer in production charts at the start of the film, but only John F. Seitz is credited onscreen and in reviews. See more »

Goofs

At a Catholic wedding before Vatican II, the Wedding March would not have been allowed to be used. See more »

Quotes

Vivian: There's only one thing I don't like about farms. They're always out in the country.
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Connections

Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Sung by the church choir for the wedding
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Excellent boxing film with superb character acting
22 October 2005 | by SetemkiaSee all my reviews

One of the very best boxing films of the 1930's and early 1940's and very definitely much better than the 1947 remake with Mickey Roony as "Killer" McCoy. Robert Ryan looks like a light heavyweight and it looks like he can actually throw a punch. As a boxing fan I look for a sense of reality in the fights, and this film has it.

However, the best part of the film are the performances, especially Frank Morgan (the wizard in the 1939, Judy Garland version of "The Wizard of Oz"). Other notable performances are turned in by a young Lionel Stander as the killer's trainer (TV fans will remember him from Hart to Hart). Young and handsome Eddy Arnold is excellent as the gambler/manager. Maureen O'Sullivan carries off the role of the young, college girl love interest with the same innocence she displayed when she broke into films 9 years and 39 films earlier. It's quite a contrast to the more adult roles she was playing at the time.

Director Richard Thorpe captures the atmosphere of the boxing ring and the gambling world quite convincingly. His attention to detail and experience (this is his 120th film) are quite evident, though necessarily the most imaginative. While the film IS superior to the 1947 remake, the director of that film, Roy Rowland, does a much better job of showing the crowd's blood lust in the 8th round of the final fight.


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