Prizefighter Johnny is in love with his promoter O'Malley's daughter Pat. His best friend, sports reporter Rick, is also in love with her but knows that she loves Johnny. Lonely Rick takes up drinking and women (including Marilyn Monroe in nightclub bit part). Johnny knows his right hand is going bad and has to work fast to make real money.Written by
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According to an article in the March 10, 1949 edition of The Hollywood Reporter, Gloria DeHaven was slated for the role of Pat. Then, in the February 1, 1950 edition of Daily Variety, it was announced that Ava Gardner had been cast. See more »
When Pat drives out to the training camp, about 15 minutes into the film, she parks with the front of the car past the steps and nearly parallel with the porch. But, when she leaves a few minutes later, the position of the car has changed. The front of the car is facing the steps and is nearly perpendicular to the porch. See more »
Pat O'Malley (June Allyson) loves Johnny Monterex (Ricardo Montalban), a temperamental boxer with a deteriorating body. His fame has gone to his head and he attempts to change managers despite his weak condition. Pat acts as a mediator between Johnny's impulses and his best interests. She relies on the advice of Rick Garvey (Dick Powell), an older man who is interested in more than just friendship from Pat. Lionel Barrymore appears as Pat's father and Marilyn Monroe makes an early minor appearance.
Right Cross is an exceptional film because of the cast, but the story makes it strictly a b-film. It is no wonder it is so difficult to find. However, for die-hard Monroe fans and fans of the Allyson-Powell coupling, this is a must-see. Catch it sporadically on TCM.
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