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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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The story of a guy that women go for! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An extremely large number of the cast and crew on the film - writer Abraham Polonsky, actors John Garfield, Anne Revere, Lloyd Gough, Canada Lee, Art Smith, Shimen Ruskin, producer Bob Roberts and even, albeit to a lesser extent, cinematographer James Wong Howe - found themselves either blacklisted or greylisted during the HUAC witch hunts of the 1950s, while director Robert Rossen only avoided that fate by naming names. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Charlie Davis: You sold me out, you rat. Sold out, like Ben.
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Connections

Referenced in Jimmy Hollywood (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Body and Soul
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
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The way films used to be!
22 January 2002 | by shirlr-1See all my reviews

Great flick. I loved it for two reasons: simplicity and realism - about life and about professional sports. Its a clearly drawn sketch of a guy like Charley. Garfield is at his best. He is totally credible. Everything is clear: Peg is all good - all giving. Alice the vamp is one hundred percent evil. So is the promoter, Roberts. A subtle contrast versus these black and whites is Garfield's character because he is flawed. He changes moral coloring as the plot progressives. They stay the same. We know the good guys and girls right away. No moral obscurity here. Clearly an old-fashioned movie - this is the way they used to be. No car chases, no mega-explosions, and no moral relativity either. And there's a plot, too. We need more of these.


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