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Knockout (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 29 March 1941 (USA)
A prize-fighter falls under the nefarious influence of an unscrupulous boxing promoter-manager, to the detriment of his marriage.

Director:

William Clemens

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (screenplay), Michael Fessier (from a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arthur Kennedy ... Johnny Rocket
Olympe Bradna ... Angela Grinnelli
Virginia Field ... Gloria Van Ness
Anthony Quinn ... Trego
Cliff Edwards ... Pinky (credits) / Sleepy
Cornel Wilde ... Tom Rossi
Richard Ainley ... Allison
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Louis Grinnelli
Frank Wilcox ... Denning
John Ridgely ... Pat Martin
Ben Welden ... Pelky
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Turner (scenes deleted)
Charles C. Wilson ... Monigan (as Charles Wilson)
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nat Carr ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Fighter Johnny Rocket, Arthur Kennedy agrees to the request of his fiancée, Angela, Olympe Bradna, to quit boxing after his next bout. Promoter Trego, Anthony Quinn, who has just purchased Johnny's contract, urges him to continue and realize his abilities, but Johnny refuses. Later, after the couple marries and Angela is pregnant, Johnny can't find work and returns to Trego and the ring. With Trego's guidance, Johnny's career blossoms -- but with disastrous results for his marriage.

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Taglines:

From Champ to Chump!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knockout See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of David Clarke. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Up to No Good
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Sanford Green
Played when Johnny cuts in and dances with Gloria
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Headlines aplenty
12 May 2004 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

There are newspaper headlines aplenty in this Bryan Foy produced programmer, but Knockout remains an above average 'B' film that will satisfy bottom of the bill fanciers. Arthur Kennedy stars as Johnny Rocket, a talented young pugilist who's got his eye on a new bride and a new job at a gym. But crafty manager Harry Trego(Anthony Quinn) soon intercedes in an effort to keep Rocket's golden gloves performing in the ring. Nicely shot by Ted McCord, the film is at its best when Rocket's life hits bottom when he gets in over his head with the smart set and wife Olympe Bradna leaves him. Bradna, a Frenchwoman, is the film's weak link, as she's unable to contain her Parisian accent whilst trying to portray the first generation daughter of a Brooklyn-based Italian immigrant. If you can overlook her shortcomings, however, you'll find this a satisfying example of the lost art of 'B' grade filmmaking.


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