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The Harder They Fall ()


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Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.

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Eddie Willis
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Nick Benko
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Beth Willis
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Toro Moreno
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Buddy Brannen
Jersey Joe Walcott ...
George
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Jim Weyerhause
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Art Leavitt
Carlos Montalbán ...
Luís Agrandi (as Carlos Montalban)
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Leo
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Vince Fawcett
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Max
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Danny McKeogh
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Frank (uncredited)
Al Baffert ...
Fighter (uncredited)
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Oklahoma City Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Emily Belser ...
New York Reporter (uncredited)
Julie Benedic ...
Statuesque Blonde (uncredited)
Phil Berger ...
Boxer Kayoed in Bakersfield (uncredited)
Eve Bernhardt ...
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Tony Blankley ...
Benko Son (uncredited)
Penny Carpenter ...
Benko Daughter (uncredited)
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Alice (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Mrs. Benko (uncredited)
Edwin Chandler ...
Chicago Television Announcer (uncredited)
Winnie Chandler ...
Fight Fan (uncredited)
George Chester ...
Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
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Fight Manager (uncredited)
Pat Comiskey ...
Gus Dundee (uncredited)
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Mrs. Wilson Harding (uncredited)
Jack Daly ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Shirley (uncredited)
Vinnie De Carlo ...
Joey (uncredited)
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Vince's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Matty Fain ...
Fight Manager (uncredited)
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Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
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Chief Firebird (uncredited)
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Priest (uncredited)
Gil Frye ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Ralph Gamble ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Fighter (uncredited)
Eddie Garr ...
Fight Manager (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Minister (uncredited)
Benny Goldberg ...
San Diego Referee (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ...
Cornerman (uncredited)
Dorothy Gordon ...
Las Vegas Showgirl (uncredited)
Michael Granger ...
Gus Dundee's Doctor (uncredited)
Joe Greb ...
Joey Greb - Fighter (uncredited)
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Referee (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
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Fight Arena Locker Room Guard (uncredited)
Tommy Herman ...
Tommy (uncredited)
Joe Herrera ...
Referee (uncredited)
Vic Holbrook ...
Fight Fan (uncredited)
Tex Holden ...
Usher (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ...
San Diego Ring Announcer (uncredited)
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Fighter (uncredited)
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Fighter (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Man at Contract Signing (uncredited)
Don Kohler ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ...
Manager (uncredited)
Pat Lawler ...
Vince's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ...
Dundee Fight Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Larry Leverett ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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New York Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Mark Lowell ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
William Marks ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
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Reporter at Hospital (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ...
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
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Reporter in Hospital (uncredited)
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Dundee Referee (uncredited)
Irving Mitchell ...
House Doctor - New York (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Vince's Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
Matt Murphy ...
Sailor Rigazzo (uncredited)
Richard Norris ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Ringsider (uncredited)
Jimmy O'Gatty ...
Milk Fund Referee (uncredited)
Ted Pavelec ...
Fighter (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
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Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Alan Reynolds ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Eli Rill ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Joanne Rio ...
Las Vegas Showgirl (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ...
Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
William Roerick ...
Mrs. Harding's Lawyer (uncredited)
Jack Roper ...
Fighter (uncredited)
Wally Rose ...
Salinas Referee (uncredited)
Abe Roth ...
Referee (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ...
Fighter (uncredited)
Mark Scott ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Referee (uncredited)
Gene Smith ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ...
Brannen's Manager (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
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Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ...
Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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House Doctor - Chicago (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
Pat Valentino ...
Milk Fund Fighter (uncredited)
Gloria Victor ...
Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Bennie Washington ...
Fight Crowd Spectator (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Ulysses Williams ...
Boxer Being Knocked Out in Salinas (uncredited)
James Wilson ...
Oklahoma Referee (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark Robson

Written by

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Philip Yordan ... (screen play)
 
Budd Schulberg ... (based on a novel by)

Produced by

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Philip Yordan ... producer
Jerry Wald ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Hugo Friedhofer ... (music composed by)

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Burnett Guffey ... director of photography

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Jerome Thoms ... film editor

Art Direction by

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William Flannery

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William Kiernan
Alfred E. Spencer

Makeup Department

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Clay Campbell ... makeup artist
Helen Hunt ... hair stylist
Charles Blackman ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Milton Feldman ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Lambert E. Day ... sound (as Lambert Day)
John P. Livadary ... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)

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Wally Rose ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard H. Kline ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Volpe ... grip (uncredited)

Music Department

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Arthur Morton ... orchestrator
Lionel Newman ... conductor

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John Indrisano ... technical advisor
Curtis Harrington ... assistant to producer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

After 17 years as a recognized and respected sports journalist in New York City, Eddie Willis finds himself out of a job when his newspaper folds. He's approached by a major fight promoter, Nick Benko, to act as a public relations man for his new heavyweight fighter Toro Moreno. Eddie knows the how the fight game works and after watching Toro in the ring, realizes Toro is nothing but a stiff who has no hope of succeeding. Benko offers him a sizable salary and an unlimited expense account and given his financial situation, he agrees. Benko's strategy to make money is one that has been used time again. Starting in California and moving east, they arrange a series of fights for Toro with stiffs and has-beens. All of the fights are rigged to build up his record and get him a fight with the heavyweight champion, Buddy Brannen, where they will make a sizable profit at the gate. Along the way, one boxer gets killed in the ring and Eddie begins to have serious doubts about what he is doing. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines No Punches Pulled! If you thought "On The Waterfront" hit hard... wait till you see this one! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Plus dure sera la chute (France)
  • Más dura será la caída (Spain)
  • Nagurareru otoko (Japan)
  • A Queda de Um Corpo (Portugal)
  • Söhretin sonu (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 109 min
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Trivia Humphrey Bogart's last film. See more »
Goofs In the opening when Eddie hires a cab, initially it's a '55 Plymouth, in the next scene as they're driving off it's a '54 Ford. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Bacall on Bogart (1988). See more »
Quotes [Willis tells Toro to throw his fight with Buddy Brannen to avoid getting hurt]
Toro Moreno: I don't know, I don't know. What would people think of me?
Eddie Willis: What do you care what a bunch of bloodthirsty, screaming people think of you? Did you ever get a look at their faces? They pay a few lousy bucks hoping to see a man get killed. To hell with them! Think of yourself. Get your money and get out of this rotten business.
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