Over-the-hill boxer Bill 'Stoker' Thompson insists he can still win, though his wife Julie pleads with him to quit. But his manager Tiny is so confident he will lose, he takes money for a "dive" from tough gambler Little Boy...without bothering to tell Stoker. Tension builds as Stoker hopes to "take" Tiger Nelson, unaware of what will happen to him if he does.
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I Want a Man... Not a Human Punching Bag!
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Did You Know?
This is one of the few movies where both protagonists in the climactic fight had been boxers. Ryan had been a boxer in college, and Baylor had been a professional with a 52-2 record. See more
Ticket prices on the fight poster showed $2.00 ringside, $1.50 for dress circle and .75 cents for gallery seats. The price on Julie's ticket was $1.65. See more
Yeah, top spot. And I'm just one punch away.
I remember the first time you told me that. You were just one punch away from the title shot then. Don't you see, Bill, you'll always be just one punch away.
Referenced in Fighters
"The Nearness of You' (1938) (uncredited)
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
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