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Whiplash (1948)

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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Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

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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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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Referenced in Suspense: Dead Ernest (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Just for Now
(uncredited)
Written by Dick Redmond
Played when Laurie first enters her bungalow and occasionally in the score
Played on piano and briefly sung by Alexis Smith at Sam's Cafe
Also performed by Alexis Smith (dubbed by Bobbie Canvin) at the Pelican Club
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Idiot
13 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Boring boxing melodrama. I don't want to call it a film noir because it doesn't have any film noir style, in my opinion. Dane Clark plays a moody painter who falls in love with a woman (Alexis Smith) who buys one of his paintings. She skips out on him so he follows her to New York, where he discovers she is married to evil cripple Zachary Scott. Then things get weird as Clark decides to become a boxer for Scott. His motivation for this was cloudy, to say the least. He decides to box under the name Mike Angelo (get it -- Michaelangelo -- because he's a painter, you see). From here, a movie with wobbly knees is knocked down for the count. The cast is unimpressive but not terrible. Clark is pretty unlikable in a role tailor-made for John Garfield. Smith is forgettable. Eve Arden is great when she's around, which isn't much. Pretty standard stuff. No surprises.


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