Robert Ryan (Bad Day at Black Rock, On Dangerous Ground, The Naked Spur) plays a washed-up fighter named Stoker Thompson who wants one more shot at making a boxing career. His wife implores him to hang it up. His manager fixes the fight to go against him but neglects to fill him in because he doesn't want to share the payoff. He figures that Stoker keeps losing all the time anyway so why bother to share the money?
Of course, this is the night that Thompson is on his game! Which, of course, leads to some problems for Stoker later in the evening.
Director Robert Wise (editor of Citizen Kane, director of The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Sound of Music, and the first Star Trek movie) is a talented man. The film looks amazing. Every single frame of the 72 minutes run time is a pleasure to watch. The script is all Jim Thompson gritty and film noir fun. A fun little movie.
Directed by Robert Wise
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