Academy Awards 1947 -
Best Film Editing: Francis D. Lyon & Robert Parrish
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2006
"[T]his is both one of Hollywood's best boxing movies and a melodramatic morality tale, taking a skewed look at the American dream."
A boxer wins the world middleweight championship title in a fixed fight. His deteriorated moral compass leads him away from his loved ones. Look for actor Canada Lee, who plays aging boxer Ben Chaplin--he was a middle weight contender before pursuing acting. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actor--John Garfield, Best Original Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Film Editing.
In order to support his widowed mother, a poor Jewish kid from the lower East Side pursues a career in professional boxing. His ambition to make it to the top makes him an easy target for an unscrupulous, double-crossing gambler, whose specialty is building fighters up, only to tear them down again.
Family Interaction |
Film Noir |
Before embarking on an acting career, Canada Lee was a middleweight contender in his youth. Lee played aging middleweight champ "Ben Chaplin" in the film.
Additional cast: Lloyd Goff (Roberts), Virginia Gregg (Irma), Peter Virgo (Drummer), Joe Devlin (Prince), Shimin Rushkin (Grocer), Mary Currier (Miss Tedder), Milton Kibbie (Dan), Artie Dorrell (Jack Marlowe), Cy Ring (Victor), Glen Lee (Marine), John Indresano (Referee), and Dan Tobey (Flight Announcer).