Synopsis: Midge Kelly, hitchhiking west with lame brother Connie, is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he's severely beaten, manager Tommy Haley finds him promising. Arrived in California, Midge and Connie find nothing but a menial job from which Midge gets relief by seducing Emma, a lovely young waitress. One shotgun marriage later, ambitious Midge falls back on the only option he knows: boxing. Seduced by cheering crowds, money, and a succession of blondes, Midge becomes more and more of a hero in public...and a heel in private.
Director(s): Mark Robson
Production: United Artists
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

Ladies and gentlemen,

as you will, of course,...

...The champion makes his

entry into the stadium.

Most of the spectators

have risen.

We welcome with enthusiasm.

There is no doubt,

most popular is the champion...

...In boxing history

They receive.

Indeed, tonight hailed

something more than a man.

Cheer for a story.

A story that could only

occur in the boxing world.

The story of a man who, starting

of the most sordid poverty,...

...Has become

World Champion.

Come, give us the money.

We know you have it.

Come on, man, if it's just paper.

Jerry, watch the cripple.

Jump, jump!

I said jump!

Midge, you okay?

Are you okay?


Come on.

By God, Johnny.

What's the difference? We have room to spare.

- Where are you going?

- A Los Angeles.

- We at Kansas.

- Awarded.

Who won?

We have been robbed in a freight car.

It lasts the life of wandering, right?

We are not that.

We expect a good

business in California.


It is true, I'm going to teach.

Here it is.

Is my friend.

We have sold one third of the business.

My brother and me.

- Great. Good luck, guys.

- Thank you.

Kansas arrive within one hour.

Is this where boxing tonight?

Yes, I deal with Romero,

a pretty good.

What has luck and thanks for everything.

Thank you and another.

You could sell out to eat

drinks during the battle.

Sell anything.

Thanks for the idea.

For here, ma'am.

Are you kidding?

Why I will give you work?

My boys have been here for years.

There is no work for strangers.

- Just arrived and already believe...

- Street, not excited.

Care, crippled.

Who do you call cripple?

Not tonight, Charlie.

What do you mean?

This night has to go.

It is an evening short and not

I want to stop the fight.

Sorry, but that court

open only to blow it Silly.

Do not overdo it, man.

It's nothing, a mere scratch.

It's more than a scratch.

Suppose you lost your eye.

I will not play me the

kind or for you or anyone.

Let's see, what do you want?

What do I want? This guy just

six loading cases of beer.

I have many problems, not

bother me. That paid.

- We have no money.

- Let them go to jail.

What prison?

We have only come to ask for work.

Wait a minute.

You are strong, right?

Do you know how much you weigh?


So on top, about 80 kilos.

Do you want to jump rope

and above earn 35 bucks?


Fighting to 4 rounds with Silly

Mendoza, treat you with care.

Just follow him.

Come on, you say?


Bring the dressing room and give him clothes.

Are you crazy? You do not know boxing.

You start beating ears.

Hey, me 35 bucks

let your head off.

Not fight. You can with it.

Open your mouth.

Have you walked by a ring?



I'm going to cough.


- Four.

- I'm going to the theater.



How are you?

I think I can eat.

When we paid.

Hey, what a job is this.

- Go show.

- Kelly,...

...I want a word with you.

My name is Tommy Haley,

may sound like the name.

I've seen boxing, to call something.

What he did not know write

a book, but you have guts.

- If you want to learn, I'll be your manager.

- No, thanks, this is not going.

In this business there are a lot of money.

Just the same, can you do well.

But if you change your mind

go to Los Angeles...

...And get me in the gym Bradey.

If, Los Angeles, gym Bradey.



Do you give me my money?

As no. Here you go.

$ 10. What about the rest?

And my 35 bucks?

That's your thing.

$ 10 for your assistant,...

...$ 5 for

service costume...

...And $ 10 for your manager.

- I have no manager.

In this club the manager

I am the unknown.

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Carl Foreman

Carl Foreman, CBE (July 23, 1914 – June 26, 1984) was an American screenwriter and film producer who wrote the award-winning films The Bridge on the River Kwai and High Noon among others. He was one of the screenwriters that were blacklisted in Hollywood in the 1950s because of their suspected Communist sympathy or membership in the Communist Party. more…

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