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World in My Corner (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport | March 1956 (USA)
A scrappy fighter from Jersey City named Tommy Shea -- "born in a dump, educated in an alley" -- catches the eye of wealthy businessman, Robert Mallinson, who allows him to train at his ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
... Tommy Shea
... Dorothy Mallinson
... Robert T. Mallinson
... Dave Bernstein
... Ray Kacsmerek
... Harry Cram
Chico Vejar ... Al Carelli
Steve Ellis ... TV Announcer
Art Aragon ... Fighter
... Doris
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Ring Announcer (as James F. Lennon)
Cisco Andrade ... Parker
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Stretch Caplow (as H. Tommy Hart)
... Mrs. Mallinson
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A scrappy fighter from Jersey City named Tommy Shea -- "born in a dump, educated in an alley" -- catches the eye of wealthy businessman, Robert Mallinson, who allows him to train at his Long Island estate. Shea soon falls for Mallinson's daughter, Dorothy, but fears he doesn't have the money to support her in proper style. To get this money, Shea decides to work with crooked fight-promoter Harry Cram, even though this means dropping his honest manager, Dave Bernstein. As the big fight approaches, however, Shea begins to have second thoughts. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Mean streets of Jersey City
16 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Occasionally Universal Pictures let Audie Murphy do some work other than westerns. I'm sure he was grateful for the change of scenery and pace and a chance to vary his roles. Rural Texas country kid Murphy does quite well in World In My Corner as an aspiring young boxer from the mean streets of Jersey City.

Getting laid off from a job means that Murphy has to give his all to a boxing career. He's unpolished, but has the instinct. Two people take an interest in him, millionaire sportsman Jeff Morrow and old time fight manager John McIntire. And Murphy takes an interest in Morrow's daughter Barbara Rush.

The conflict in this film is whether Murphy will keep his integrity or turn himself over to racketeer promoter Howard St.John. When this film came out there were rumblings about organized crime's involvement in boxing and soon it would come out at the Senate rackets committee hearings.

World In My Corner has Murphy getting the most of what boxing could give him. But he pays a heavy price for it.

As you can see a great cast of players back Murphy in this film. I would also include Tommy Rall in a non-musical role as one of Murphy's friends from Jersey City. He's quite a conniver, but does show he's Murphy's friend in the end.

A very nicely done boxing film that gets too little attention.


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