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The Square Jungle (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | 9 February 1956 (UK)
Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing. His cop friend McBride finances him; ex-con ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writers:

George Zuckerman (story), George Zuckerman (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Eddie Quaid / Packy Glennon
Pat Crowley ... Julie Walsh
Ernest Borgnine ... Bernie Browne
Paul Kelly ... Jim McBride
Jim Backus ... Pat Quaid
Leigh Snowden ... Lorraine Evans
John Daheim John Daheim ... Al Gorski (as John Day)
Joe Louis ... Joe Louis
David Janssen ... Jack Lindsay
Carmen McRae ... Singer
John Marley ... Tommy Dillon - Referee
Barney Phillips ... Dan Selby
Joseph Vitale ... Tony Adamson (as Joe Vitale)
Kay Stewart Kay Stewart ... Mrs. Gorski
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Storyline

Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing. His cop friend McBride finances him; ex-con Bernie Browne trains him. Three years later, he is a challenger for the championship, and Julie re-enters his life. Can she win him back from a predatory blonde? And why does the prospect of Eddie's winning worry Bernie more than his losing? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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boxing | bare chested male | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Campeón sin victoria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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I Guess I'll Dress Up For the Blues
Music by Sonny Burke
Lyrics by Mack David
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Curtis and Borgnine do well enough with very familiar material
13 June 2005 | by herbertataraSee all my reviews

This movie's plot was all-too-familiar even in 1955. It is basically a reworking of Golden Boy with a bit of Body And Soul and two or three others mixed in. Some of the dialog is similarly recycled, but there are a few intriguing new lines providing some food for thought. Mostly though, if you are a fan of boxing movies, the two lead performances and the brisk pacing makes this one worth passing time with. Tony Curtis wouldn't have been my first choice for the lead in a boxing movie, but he brings surprising grit and ambition to the role. Borgnine is dead-on perfect as the tough-but...make that just plain tough manager who has to overcome his disappointment for the flaws in Curtis' character to take him back under his wing. John Marley is a standout as a referee vulnerable to intimidation.


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