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Killer McCoy (1947)

Approved | | Drama | December 1947 (USA)
Following a mishap in the ring, hard-nosed lightweight Tommy "Killer" McCoy gets mixed-up with a big-time gambler and falls for his educated daughter, Sheila, against her father's better wishes.

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Roy Rowland
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mickey Rooney ... Tommy McCoy / Killer McCoy
Brian Donlevy ... Jim Caighn
Ann Blyth ... Sheila Carrson
James Dunn ... Brian McCoy
Tom Tully ... Cecil Y. Walsh
Sam Levene ... Happy
Walter Sande ... Bill Thorne
Mickey Knox ... Johnny Martin
James Bell ... Father Patrick Ryan
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Laura McCoy
Eve March ... Mrs. Martin
June Storey ... Arlene - Waitress
Douglas Croft ... Danny Burns, Newsboy
Bob Steele ... Sailor Graves
David Clarke ... Pete Mariola
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Following a mishap in the ring, hard-nosed lightweight Tommy "Killer" McCoy gets mixed-up with a big-time gambler and falls for his educated daughter, Sheila, against her father's better wishes.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Punhos de Ouro See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

His role as the newsboy would be the final film for juvenile actor Douglas Croft. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Remake of The Crowd Roars (1938) See more »

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Rooney Puts On The Mitts
21 August 2013 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A slum kid fights his way to the top despite an alcoholic dad and a bunch of tricky gamblers.

MGM does a boxing movie, not exactly its usual glamorous fare. And though the movie suffers in comparison with the gritty, noirish classics of the time, Body and Soul (1947) and The Set-Up (1949), Rooney lends a kind of manic energy that remains compelling. In fact, the film's shrewdly cast, from bit parts to leads, making it easy to overlook the film's theatrical over-tones. Sure, it's a vehicle for Rooney, to toughen his Andy Hardy image, but the producers have surrounded him with a first-rate cast, and a pretty good story that's got just enough twists to carry past the many clichés.

My favorite parts are surprisingly some of the talky parts—the two gamblers Tully and Donlevy, each thinking he's outfoxing the other; or the two boxers Rooney and Steele, buddying up in the nightclub after their match; or a cynical Rooney finding out the chippie waitress does have more on her mind than casual sex. Each is cleverly written and expertly performed. I just wish Rooney had hooked himself to a generator where all that energy could have lit up a city.

No, the movie's neither memorable nor a boxing classic, but it does make it as 100-minutes of colorful entertainment.


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