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Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | 24 December 1948 (USA)
A struggling artist becomes a New York City prizefighter in an attempt to win the affection of the ring promoter's night club singing sister.

Director:

Lewis Seiler (as Lew Seiler)

Writers:

Maurice Geraghty (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dane Clark ... Michael Gordon - aka Mike Angelo
Alexis Smith ... Laurie Durant
Zachary Scott ... Rex Durant
Eve Arden ... Chris Sherwood
Jeffrey Lynn ... Dr. Arnold Vincent
S.Z. Sakall ... Sam
Alan Hale ... Terrance O'Leary
Douglas Kennedy ... Costello
Ransom M. Sherman Ransom M. Sherman ... Tex Sanders (as Ransom Sherman)
Freddie Steele Freddie Steele ... Duke Carney (as Fred Steele)
Robert Lowell Robert Lowell ... Trask
Don McGuire ... Markus
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A struggling artist becomes a New York City prizefighter in an attempt to win the affection of the ring promoter's night club singing sister.

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Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Marca do Destino See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 15 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Boston Tuesday 4 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Salt Lake City Wednesday 5 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Bloomington IN Monday 7 January 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

Michael Gordon - aka Mike Angelo: [we hear his thoughts as the referee counts him out] What's the matter with that guy? He's counting me out. He's got it all wrong. I can take it. Wait a minute, look chum, I'm getting up. Gotta get up. Wait.
[the bell rings]
Michael Gordon - aka Mike Angelo: .
Michael Gordon - aka Mike Angelo: [he continues on his stool in the corner] Listen to them, they're after blood. What am I doing here, waiting for the kiss-off? I'm not the boy that want. I'm a long way from home. I gotta tell 'em that. I'm not your boy, you hear me? I belong on a beach. A nice, quiet beach....
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Connections

Referenced in Suspense: Dead Ernest (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Could Be with You
(uncredited)
Music by James P. Johnson
Played at the Pelican Club when Laurie tries to stop Vince
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Surely meant for Crawford and Garfield
10 January 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Good, tough noir with an excellent cast. Watching the film it becomes obvious that it was planned for Joan Crawford so closely does Alexis Smith's character follow the Crawford 40's blueprint. Dane Clark's tortured painter turned boxer was surely likewise designed with John Garfield in mind as it adheres to his screen persona as well. For whatever reason those A-listers either passed or were unavailable and the film moved over to the B unit and this cast. As good as the leads are they were considered up and comers at the time and definitely represented the second string at Warners.

Back to the film it is sharply shot with effective use of the shadowy black and white photography. Zachary Scott adds another hissable villain to his vast array, Eve Arden pops up from time to time, once in an outfit that looks like she took the cloth off her kitchen table and fashioned it into an ensemble, to add her special brand of spice to the proceedings and many of Warners stock company, Alan Hale, S.Z. Sakall etc. fill out the cast. While the direction is adequate someone who was more of a stylist, for example Michael Curtiz, could have sharpened some slack edges and made the film really cook. Still as is its certainly worth investing the ninety minutes that it runs.


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