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
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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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