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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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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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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Sweet and Slow
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano at Sam's Cafe
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"You can't do it, you'll be killed!" ... "Ahhh, I'm dead already!"
8 June 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Florid boxing melodrama from director Lewis Seiler concerns a muscular, moody portrait artist in love with a reluctant band singer from New York City; she's married to a wheelchair-bound boxing manager, and it seems the only way the painter can win her over is by climbing into the ring himself (under the auspices of his new name, "Mike Angelo"!). Outrageous script was worked on by four writers (Harriet Frank Jr. and Maurice Geraghty adapted Kenneth Earl's story, which was then reworked by Gordon Kahn). Some of the lines are real howlers, though socialite Eve Arden's cynical asides are right on the money. Good for a few laughs, though several of the supporting players are uneasily cast, none more so than Zachary Scott as the invalid villain (he does everything but twist up his mustache at the corners). Dane Clark fumes and snarls in the lead, spitting out his lines like a rabid dog; one can't imagine him making a living as a boxer--he'd be more persuasive taking bets in a pool-hall. ** from ****


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