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A boxing champ gets involved with a Broadway show and a shapely chorine...who's engaged to his new sparring partner.


Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout. Written by Gary Jackson


Victor Mature plays an arrogant champion boxer who opts for an acting career on Broadway. He falls in love with his costar Betty Grable, who's secretly married to actor John Payne. Unwilling to make public her marriage lest it adversely affect her career, Grable is unsuccessful in fending off Mature's advance, which causes her hubby's blood to boil. As it happens, Payne is also in the show, cast as Mature's sparring partner, and it is within the bounds of this role that he gets his revenge on the pushy pugilist. With the three leading actors playing for laughs, one wonders why 20th Century-Fox put Phil Silvers in the picture. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


John Payne as William J. 'Bill' Smith

Betty Grable as Pat Lambert

Victor Mature as Tommy Lundy

Jane Wyman as Flo La Verne

James Gleason as Bruce McKay

Phil Silvers as Slap

Cobina Wright as Estelle Evans

June Lang as June

Frank Orth as Mike the stage doorman

Mantan Moreland as Amos. Tommy's Dresser

Irving Bacon as Stagehand

Charles Tannen as Charlie, Stage manager

George Dobbs as Frank, Dance director

Louise Allen as Chorus Girl

Loretta Barnett as Chorus Girl

Harry Barris as Composer

Eleanor Bayley as Chorus Girl

Brooks Benedict as Nightclub Extra

Teddy Blue as Chorus Girl

Eugene Borden as Nightclub Headwaiter

Esther Brodelet as Chorus Girl

Ralph Brooks as Reporter

Edgar Caldwell as Specialty Dancer

Barbara Clark as Chorus Girl

Russ Clark as Referee

Frank Coghlan Jr. as Movie Theatre Usher

James Craven as Park Towers Desk Clerk

Midgie Dare as Chorus Girl

Virginia Davis as Chorus Girl

John Dilson as Justice of the Peace

Jane Eberling as Chorus Girl

Jeanne Francis as Chorus Girl

Frances Gladwin as Chorus Girl

Kay Gordon as Chorus Girl

Janet Graves as Chorus Girl

Dorothy Harris as Chorus Girl

Wilma Holly as Chorus Girl

George Holmes as Bill, Cowboy in Movie

Marjorie Jackson as Chorus Girl

Lynne Kelly as Chorus Girl

Donna La Barr as Chorus Girl

Mike Lally as Tommy's Handler, Kid Corcoran Fight

Billie Lane as Chorus Girl

Perc Launders as Tommy's Cornerman in Fight Number

Wilbur Mack as Boxing Commissioner

Trudy Marshall as Secretary

Dona Massin as Chorus Girl

Margie McKay as Chorus Girl

Pat McKee as Pug

Bud Mercer as Specialty Dancer

Jim Mercer as Specialty Dancer

Bert Moorhouse as Nightclub Dance Extra / Audience Extra

Peggy Lou Neary as Chorus Girl

William Newell as Writer

James Notaro as Specialty Dancer

Hermes Pan as Assistant dance director

Patsy Perrin as Chorus Girl

Jack Perry as Bill's Cornerman in Fight Number

Eleanor Peterson as Chorus Girl

Gerald Pierce as Delivery Boy

Lillian Porter as Chorus Girl

Sheila Rae as Chorus Girl

Marjorie Raymond as Chorus Girl

Beth Renner as Chorus Girl

Ruth Riley as Chorus Girl

Jack Roper as Kid Corcoran

Lillian Ross as Chorus Girl

Sheila Ryan as Ann, Cowgirl in Movie

Cy Schindell as Bill's Cornerman in Fight Number

Linda Scott as Chorus Girl

Charles Sherlock as Stagehand with boxing gloves

Mary Stewart as Dancer

Marcia Sweet as Chorus Girl

Dan Tobey as Ring Announcer

Doris Toddings as Chorus Girl

Frankie Van as Referee

Ray Walker as Reporter

Nondas Wayne as Chorus Girl

Sethma Williams as Chorus Girl

Don Wilson as Radio Announcer

Allen Wood as Usher

Lillian Yarbo as Estelle's Maid

Sally Yarnell as Chorus Girl


Directed by
Gregory Ratoff

Writing credits
Kenneth Earl and Fidel LaBarba - story
Robert Ellis, Helen Logan, and Lynn Starling - screenwriters

Produced by
William LeBaron - producer

Cinematography by
Lee Garmes

Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson

Art Direction by
Richard Day
Albert Hogsett

Set Decoration by
Thomas Little

Costume Design by
Earl Luick

Makeup Department
Guy Pearce - makeup artist

Sound Department
Bernard Freericks - sound
Roger Heman Sr. - sound

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson - wardrobe supervisor

Music Department
Charles Henderson - musical director
Charles Henderson - composer: incidental music
Cyril J. Mockridge - composer: incidental music
Alfred Newman - composer: incidental music

Other crew
Hermes Pan - dance director
Angela Blue - assistant choreographer

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