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The Contender (1944)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 10 May 1944 (USA)
Widower Gary Farrell can't afford, on his $45-weekly salary as a truck driver, to send his young son, Mickey, to a high-priced military school and decides to enter heavyweight-boxing ... See full summary »

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Sam Newfield

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George Wallace Sayre (story) (as George Sayre), Jay Doten (story) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Gary Farrel
Arline Judge ... Linda Martin
Julie Gibson ... Rita Langdon
Donald Mayo ... Mickey Farrel
Glenn Strange ... Biff Benham
Milton Kibbee ... 'Pop' Turner
Roland Drew ... Kip Morgan
Sam Flint ... Maj. Palmer
George Turner ... Sparky Callahan
Duke York ... 'Bomber' Brown
Jimmy Aubrey ... Dance Club Drunk
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Widower Gary Farrell can't afford, on his $45-weekly salary as a truck driver, to send his young son, Mickey, to a high-priced military school and decides to enter heavyweight-boxing tournament in an effort to win the $500 prize money. He wins and turns to boxing as a career and, in a short while, and under the guidance of "Pop" Turner, becomes a Contender for the Heavyweight title. Newspaper reporter Linda Martin is attracted to Farrell but he is paying more attention to the flashy Rita Langdon, who introduces him to night clubs, late hours, drinking, roistering and other attractions and distractions. Ignoring the warnings posted by Linda, Pop, Mickey and Biff Benham, his old cab-partner in the truck-driving business, Farrell continues to abuse all the training rules but still wins bout after bout. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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English

Release Date:

10 May 1944 (USA) See more »

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Challenger See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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John Cason, who plays boxer The Koko Kid, was better known as one of the top stunt men in the film business and at one point in his life actually was a professional boxer. See more »

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Rita Langdon: Say, that pride of the truck company looks interesting.
Kip Morgan: I think he's dynamite.
Rita Langdon: It might be fun to touch a match to him and watch the explosion.
Kip Morgan: Smart little girls don't play with matches.
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Buster parks his space suit and his six-guns
14 November 2005 | by horn-5See all my reviews

And acquires a son in the process. Widower Gary Farrell (Buster Crabbe) can't afford, on his $45-weekly salary as a truck driver, to send his young son, Mickey (Donald Mayo), to a high-priced military school and decides to enter heavyweight-boxing tournament in an effort to win the $500 prize money.

He wins and turns to boxing as a career and, in a short while (or 20 minutes running time)and under the guidance of "Pop" Turner (Milton Kibbee), becomes a Contender for the Heavyweight title.

Newspaper reporter Linda Martin is attracted to Farrell but he is paying more attention to the flashy Rita Langdon (Julie Gibson), who introduces him to night clubs, late hours, drinking, roistering and whatever other attractions the PCA code of the time allowed flashy blondes to introduce into the life of up-and-coming contenders.

Despite the warnings posted by Linda, Pop, Mickey and Biff Benham (Glenn Strange), his old cab-partner in the truck-driving business, Farrell continues to abuse all the training rules but still wins bout after bout.

Arline Judge, past her prime vamping days (on-screen, at least), plays the mousey role here, Linda the Social Worker, instead of the Rita-type role she usually played.


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