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The Fireball (1950)

Approved | | Drama | 25 November 1950 (Sweden)
Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he... See full summary »

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Tay Garnett

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Tay Garnett (original story), Horace McCoy (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Johnny Casar
Pat O'Brien ... Father O'Hara
Beverly Tyler ... Mary Reeves
James Brown ... Allen
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Bruno Crystal
Milburn Stone ... Jeff Davis
Bert Begley Bert Begley ... Shilling
Marilyn Monroe ... Polly
Sam Flint ... Dr. Barton
Glen Corbett Glen Corbett ... Mack Miller (as Glenn Corbett)
John Hedloe John Hedloe ... Ullman
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Storyline

Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he is a champion, not, as with Mary, out of love for him. Then he gets polio. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Rooney Runs Riot on the Roller Raceways!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Challenge See more »

Filming Locations:

Guam See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Glenn Corbett "introduced" in this film, is not to be confused with the better known actor Glenn Corbett (I) q.v. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Casar: Well, hiya Champ! Thought you'd be down practising - you could use plenty of it
Mack Miller: You loud mouthed little pest...
Johnny Casar: Woof, woof woof!
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The "MICK" Vintage '50s Fair
14 March 2007 | by buxSee all my reviews

After the war, and the demise of the ANDY HARDY series, Rooney seemed to be trying to find his niche in Hollywoodland.

From around 1949 to 1956, Rooney made some of the very best film noir ever put on celluloid: THE BIG WHEEL, MY OUTLAW BROTHER, QUICKSAND, and the classic DRIVE A CROOKED ROAD. THE FIREBALL is a another mini-classic.

Yes, it's the typical sports story-young man struggles to the top, becomes a dickweed, then after life-altering crisis becomes a "real hero." But it is how the Mick plays it here that makes this one great viewing.

It also doesn't hurt to be able to catch a glimpse of MM now and again-and also a pre-RIN TIN TIN Jim Brown.

Throw in Pat O'Brien as a priest and you gotta classic!!!


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