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Tennessee Champ (1954)

Approved | | Drama | 5 March 1954 (USA)
A little B-picture that M-G-M tossed out, barely promoted and forgot about but one that is better than some of the A-dross from Leo in the same era. Shelley Winters, after an absence of 15 ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Writers:

Art Cohn (screenplay by), Eustace Cockrell (from "The Lord in His Corner" and other stories by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shelley Winters ... Sarah Wurble
Keenan Wynn ... Willy Wurble
Dewey Martin ... Daniel Norson
Earl Holliman ... Happy Jackfield
Dave O'Brien ... Luke MacWade
Charles Bronson ... Sixty Jubel (as Charles Buchinsky)
Yvette Duguay ... Blossom
Frank Richards ... J.B. Backett
Jack Kruschen ... Andrews
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A little B-picture that M-G-M tossed out, barely promoted and forgot about but one that is better than some of the A-dross from Leo in the same era. Shelley Winters, after an absence of 15 months from the screen, is on the down-side of her sexpot days and the upside of her character days and is excellent as the devoted wife trying to keep her larcency-inclined husband on the up-and-up and has more losses than wins in that department; Kennan Wynn is even better as her fight-manager husband and gives a controlled performance as a blustery character, as opposed to the uncontrolled, mail-it-in, over-the-top blustery characters he later played in many westerns; and Earl Holliman as Wynn's harmonica-playing, punch-drunk handyman is dead on the mark. Story, which strays a bit toward the melodramatic in places, concerns a deacon's son,Daniel Norson(Dewey Martin), who thinks he has killed a man in a fight over a girl and goes on the lam. He is picked up by fight manager Willy Wurble (Keenan ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's fun and thrills when Bombshell Shelley takes on a guy with a Sunday punch!

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Drama

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Soundtracks

The Weary Blues
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
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Love Finding a Hidden Gem on TCM
24 June 2016 | by RichN36See all my reviews

Love when you turn on TCM and find a movie you have never seen or heard of and has a bunch of actors you like and you have time to kill. This happened today. Was tired of the news nothing else was on so I turned on TCM and found a movie called "Tennessee Champ" almost turned it off thinking it was going to be a Mellow about the old south. But since I had the TV on for background noise I left it on for a few minutes saw who was in it There was Shelly Winters and Keenan Wynn two of my favorite actors so I started to watch it. It turned out to be a really good Boxing movie and a heart felt story about Faith and Sports. Maybe a little campy by today's standards but in a time when we don't have much in the way of a Faith Based movie it had a strong message. Highly recommend it if you get a chance to catch it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1954 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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