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Champ for a Day (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 August 1953 (USA)
An up-and-coming heavyweight fighter, George Wilson, arrives in Vulcan City, a small mid-western town over-run by racketeers, to fight a heavily-favored Frankie Sebastian. George arrives ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Irving Shulman (screenplay), W.G. Fay (based on the Saturday Evening Post story "The Disappearance of Dolan" by) (as William Fay)
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Cast overview:
Alex Nicol ... George Wilson
Audrey Totter ... Miss Peggy Gormley
Charles Winninger ... Pa Karlsen
Hope Emerson ... Ma Karlsen
Joseph Wiseman ... Dominic Guido
Barry Kelley ... Tom Healy
Harry Morgan ... Al Muntz (as Henry Morgan)
Jesse White ... Willie Foltis
Horace McMahon ... Sam Benton
Grant Withers ... Scotty Cameron
Eddy Waller ... Phil
Dick Wessel ... 'Speedtrap' Calhoun - Policeman (as Richard Wessel)
Hal Baylor ... 'Soldier' Freeman, Heavyweight Fighter
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An up-and-coming heavyweight fighter, George Wilson, arrives in Vulcan City, a small mid-western town over-run by racketeers, to fight a heavily-favored Frankie Sebastian. George arrives but his manager Dolan is nowhere to be found. But Ma and Pa Karlsen, owners of Karlsen's Kozy Kottages motel and restaurant take him under their wing. He meets Miss Gormley who is also there to meet the no-show manager who is blackmailing her brother. Dolan still hasn't arrived by the date of the fight but, to the surprise of sports-promoters Tom Healy and Dominic Guido, George shows up and wins the fight. This wins him the friendship of trainer Al Muntz and the enmity of Willie Foltis, a punchy ex-fighter and a Healy henchman. This leads George to a fight with "Soldier" Freeman, whose manager Scotty Cameron has made arrangements for the favored-Freeman to take a dive, so he and Healy and Guido can clean up betting on the underdog. But Honest George has other plans. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

YOU MADE ME THE CHAMP...now show me why I can't throw you back into the gutter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il grande incontro See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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He coulda been a champ.
22 December 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

A lot of the motivational issues with the two lead characters in this one revolves around two characters who are no-shows.

An up-and-coming heavyweight fighter, George Wilson (Alex Nicol)arrives in Vulcan City, a small mid-western town over-run by racketeers, to fight a heavily-favored Frankie Sebastian (Johnny Polan). George arrives but his manager Dolan is nowhere to be found. But Ma (Hope Emerson) and Pa Karlsen (Charles Winninger), owners of Karlsen's Kozy Kottages motel and restaurant take him under their wing. He meets Miss Gormley (Audrey Totter) who is also there to meet the no-show manager who is blackmailing her no-show brother. Another resident of the Kozy Kottages is Calhoun (Richard Wessel), a beefy, officious motorcycle Kop whose contributions aren't enough to justify his upgraded Richard-instead-of-Dick billing name.

Dolan still hasn't arrived by the date of the fight but, to the surprise of sports-promoters Tom Healy (Barry Kelley) and Dominic Guido (Joseph Wiseman), George shows up and knocks Frankie flatter than a fritter. This wins him the friendship of trainer Al Muntz (Harry Morgan, as Henry Morgan)and the enmity of Willie Foltis (Jesse White), a punchy ex-fighter and a Healy henchman.

This leads George to a fight with "Soldier" Freeman (Hal Baylor), whose manager Scotty Cameron (Grant Withers) has made arrangements for the favored-Freeman to take a dive, so he and Healy and Guido can clean up betting on the underdog.

But Honest George has other plans.


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