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Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | June 1948 (UK)
A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

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Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a fight for money. His career blooms as he wins fight after fight, but soon an unethical promoter named Roberts begins to show an interest in Charley, and Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A remarkable 12 members of the cast and crew had been or went on to become directors: actors William Conrad, Sid Melton, George Tyne and Joseph Pevney, writer Abraham Polonsky, cinematographer James Wong Howe, editor Robert Parrish, supervising editor Francis D. Lyon, montage director Gunther von Fritsch, art director Nathan Juran (aka Nathan Hertz), assistant director Robert Aldrich and script supervisor Don Weis. Additionally, set decorator Edward G. Boyle directed a film in the silent era. See more »

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Charley Davis's fiancee, Peg, leaves him a note and misspells his name, "Charlie." See more »

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Fight Announcer: I've never seen anything like it before in my life. A great silence has descended over this crowd. They seem to sense the kill. There's fear in Marlowe's eyes as Davis looks for an opening.
Fight Announcer: Davis is following Marlowe around the ring now like a tiger stalking his prey.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

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Am I Blue?
Composed by Harry Akst and Grant Clarke
Performed by Hazel Brooks
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The usual tale, told well
24 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

In many ways, 'Body and Soul' is a very typical Hollywood story. It has the 'local boy makes it big', the 'vamp and the virgin', the 'corrupt businessmen' and of course the final moral fight. However, James Wong Howe's brilliant cinematography and John Garfield's solid acting lift this movie above the norm. Every emotion is heart-felt, and the tension at the end is perfectly presented. One of the best boxing movies.


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