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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

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The beginning of the movie is filmed at St John's Military Academy in Los Angeles. The location was at 10th ave and Washington. The school closed in 1961. 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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Quite Enjoyable Little Film
18 July 2002 | by claudiacasswellSee all my reviews

If you are willing to suspend disbelief for 84 minutes and accept that someone who has never skated can become a roller derby champion in a matter of weeks or months, then you just might enjoy this movie. I watched it only to see Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest roles and wound up actually liking the movie. Pat O'Brien gives a solid performance in a familiar role as Father O'Hara and it is difficult not to fall in love with Beverly Tyler as Mickey Rooney's loyal, suffering girlfriend. And while Miss Monroe's role is a very minor one with only a few lines, her presence in this film, by definition, makes it a classic.


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