This film received its initial television presentation in Seattle Wednesday 7 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5); in Chicago it first aired 7 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia 2 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Altoona PA 9 June 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and by Minneapolis 13 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); in New York City it was first telecast 2 January 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 1 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), followed by Los Angeles 26 December 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »
In the seventh round of his fight against Patsy Cigones (Larry Cisneros), Tommy McCoy (Mickey Rooney) is actually held up by the referee to prevent him from falling after he takes a strong hit from his opponent. See more »
Aw, Tommy, this'll be a lesson to me. I'll never do it again. I give you my sacred word of honor.
This is the payoff. We signed for Dominic and we have to draw Johnny Martin. And now you have to blow a good part of the purse we haven't even got yet. I ought to let you take the rap for this.
Aw, but you wouldn't do that, your own father?
Six hundred for what? You can bury him for fifty.
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No he's no Di Niro but his street pug slugging came off very real. Mickey Rooney looked like he was really taking some shots up there and I wouldn't doubt it if he actually insisted on doing it for the realism. Either that or the editing deserved an Oscar! Interesting cameo of , Johnny Andrisiano,( Rocky ) the real-life fighter who trained Mic for the film. (And who died mysteriously-suicide?) Also keep your eyes peeled for a quick but fleeting glimpse of Shelly Winters as one of two autograph hounds in the car. James Dunn playing his poor song-and-dance soul was superb! This movie is a rare gem and it really deserves more credit than it's given.
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