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Body and Soul (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | 9 November 1947 (USA)
A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

Director:

Robert Rossen

Writer:

Abraham Polonsky (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Charley Davis
Lilli Palmer ... Peg Born
Hazel Brooks ... Alice
Anne Revere ... Anna Davis
William Conrad ... Quinn
Joseph Pevney ... Shorty Polaski
Lloyd Gough ... Roberts (as Lloyd Goff)
Canada Lee ... Ben Chaplin
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Storyline

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 new climax in entertainment from THE ENTERPRISE STUDIOS See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Affair of the Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Enterprise Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was originally supposed to have been a straight biography of three-time boxing champion Barney Ross. But when Ross publicly admitted that he had become a heroin addict from having received morphine to treat his wounds during WWII, the studio instead decided to turn the film into a fictionalized portrayal of Ross's boxing career. Ross sued and won a $60,000 settlement. See more »

Goofs

In the first dressing room scene, there's a close-up of Quinn leaning against the wall. In the very next shot, he's standing a few feet in front of the wall, then backs up and leans against it again. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Davis: Get out of here! Get out of here!
Miss Tedder: We have to ask questions if we're going to help.
Charlie Davis: We don't want any help. Tell them we're dead. We don't want any help!
[slams the door]
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Connections

Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Body and Soul
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
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A great showcase for Canada Lee
22 December 2002 | by glimmer207See all my reviews

One especially noteworthy aspect of this movie is the character of Ben Chaplin, played by the criminally underappreciated African American actor Canada Lee. A trademark of Lee's few but memorable screen roles is how his characters transcend the racial stereotypes of the day (see also his role in "Lifeboat"). Where Chaplin is black, his race is never mentioned, and is never even made an issue. There's no assumption of deferrence to the white characters. He is treated as an equal, which, especially for 1947, is an amazing breakthrough.

The other strengths of the movie, particularly Garfield's performance and James Wong Howe's cinematography, have been duly mentioned in other posts.


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