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Right Cross (1950)

Passed | | Drama, Sport | 6 October 1950 (USA)
Two boxing promoters compete to sign-up Mexican-American prizefighter Johnny Monterez who, despite his talent, is ashamed of his heritage and boxes on borrowed time due to a permanent hand injury.


John Sturges


Charles Schnee




Complete credited cast:
June Allyson ... Pat O'Malley
Dick Powell ... Rick Garvey
Ricardo Montalban ... Johnny Monterez
Lionel Barrymore ... Sean O'Malley
Teresa Celli ... Marina Monterez
Barry Kelley ... Allan Goff
Tom Powers ... Tom Balford
Mimi Aguglia ... Mom Monterez
Marianne Stewart ... Audrey
John Gallaudet ... Phil Tripp
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... First Reporter
Larry Keating ... Second Reporter
Kenneth Tobey ... Ken, the Third Reporter (as Ken Tobey)
Bert Davidson Bert Davidson ... Fourth Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Hamilton ... Horse Owner (unconfirmed)


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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Star of "The Stratton Story" in a New, Powerful Romance!


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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 »


Second Reporter: You sure picked this one right. Heldon's killing him with that right cross.
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21 April 2007 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

6 October 1950 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$873,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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