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Knockout (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 29 March 1941 (USA)
Fighter Johnny Rocket, Arthur Kennedy agrees to the request of his fiancée, Angela, Olympe Bradna, to quit boxing after his next bout. Promoter Trego, Anthony Quinn, who has just purchased ... See full summary »

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (screenplay), Michael Fessier (from a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Kennedy ... Johnny Rocket
Olympe Bradna ... Angela Grinnelli
Virginia Field ... Gloria Van Ness
Anthony Quinn ... Trego
Cliff Edwards ... Pinky (credits) / Sleepy
Cornel Wilde ... Tom Rossi
Richard Ainley ... Allison
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Louis Grinnelli
Frank Wilcox ... Denning
John Ridgely ... Pat Martin
Ben Welden ... Pelky
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Turner (scenes deleted)
Charles C. Wilson ... Monigan (as Charles Wilson)
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nat Carr ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Fighter Johnny Rocket, Arthur Kennedy agrees to the request of his fiancée, Angela, Olympe Bradna, to quit boxing after his next bout. Promoter Trego, Anthony Quinn, who has just purchased Johnny's contract, urges him to continue and realize his abilities, but Johnny refuses. Later, after the couple marries and Angela is pregnant, Johnny can't find work and returns to Trego and the ring. With Trego's guidance, Johnny's career blossoms -- but with disastrous results for his marriage.

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Taglines:

From Champ to Chump!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Right to the Heart See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 8 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Boston Thursday 22 November 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Tuesday 18 December 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), in Wichita Tuesday 19 February 1957 on KAKE (Channel 10), in Miami Monday 20 May 1957 on WTVJ (Channel 4) and in Portland OR Saturday 28 September 1957 on KOIN (Channel 6). See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
(1825) (uncredited)
Written by Franz Schubert
Played on an organ in church
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A Knockoff
19 April 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Knockout is as you gather a boxing film fresh from the Warner Brothers B picture unit from Bryan Foy. It has the distinction of having three actors all of whom had long careers in the cinema, Arthur Kennedy, Anthony Quinn, and Cornel Wilde.

Kennedy is the star here, a rather arrogant young prizefrighter full of himself and thinking no one can lick him. He's going to get out of the fight racket before he becomes a punch drunk stumblebum. But he's got a young wife to support in Olympe Bradna so he reluctantly continues his career under a new manager Anthony Quinn. Wilde plays the decent young man who would like to get things going with Bradna, but she can only see Kennedy.

I think this film was once again something intended for James Cagney, but even Cagney with his street charm would have been hard pressed to make the character that Kennedy plays likable and sympathetic. Quinn as manager does do Kennedy dirt, but you almost can't blame him for what happens.

Kennedy and Quinn do manage to rise above their material and you can see why they became stars. Wilde just isn't given anything to work with and you can see Warner Brothers dropped him when he went off to World War II. No hint of the magnetism he showed later on when he became a lead.

There are a couple of other nice parts, Virginia Field as a smart mouth gossip columnist who starts her own gossip with Kennedy and Cliff Edwards as Kennedy's corner man.

Knockout had some potential, but it essentially remains a knockoff product from Warner Brothers assembly line.


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