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Right Cross (1950)

Passed | | Drama, Sport | 6 October 1950 (USA)
Prizefighter Johnny is in love with his promoter O'Malley's daughter Pat. His best friend, sports reporter Rick, is also in love with her but knows that she loves Johnny. Lonely Rick takes ... See full summary »

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

Charles Schnee
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
June Allyson ... Pat O'Malley
Dick Powell ... Rick Garvey
Ricardo Montalban ... Johnny Monterez
Lionel Barrymore ... Sean O'Malley
Teresa Celli ... Marina Monterez
Barry Kelley ... Allan Goff
Tom Powers ... Tom Balford
Mimi Aguglia ... Mom Monterez
Marianne Stewart ... Audrey
John Gallaudet ... Phil Tripp
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... First Reporter
Larry Keating ... Second Reporter
Kenneth Tobey ... Ken, the Third Reporter (as Ken Tobey)
Bert Davidson Bert Davidson ... Fourth Reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Hamilton ... Horse Owner (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Prizefighter Johnny is in love with his promoter O'Malley's daughter Pat. His best friend, sports reporter Rick, is also in love with her but knows that she loves Johnny. Lonely Rick takes up drinking and women (including Marilyn Monroe in nightclub bit part). Johnny knows his right hand is going bad and has to work fast to make real money. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruce de derecha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$873,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $64,000 ($865,000 in 2019) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Pat drives out to the training camp, about 15 minutes into the film, she parks with the front of the car past the steps and nearly parallel with the porch. But, when she leaves a few minutes later, the position of the car has changed. The front of the car is facing the steps and is nearly perpendicular to the porch. See more »

Quotes

Sean O'Malley: I don't like any man who's ashamed of the blood that's in him.
Pat O'Malley: Johnny isn't ashamed of being a Mexican. It's just that he doesn't like some of the things that have happened to him because he's a Mexican.
Sean O'Malley: Let him go, Pat.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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I completely disagree with the prevailing opinions on this one.
2 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

greaser unsure of its direction married to Powell several years disagree with others--MUCH better boxing films out there. good, tough boxing sequences reaction AFTER he decks Dick is bizarre unlikable

For the most part, the reviews for "Right Cross" on IMDb are very, very positive. I have a hard time understanding this, as I thought the film was mediocre until the end--and then it was downright awful.

Johnny (Ricardo Montalban) is in love with Pat (June Allyson)--though for the life of me, I had no idea what attracted either towards each other. Regardless, Johnny is a boxer and is a real contender for the championship. However, the years of boxing have taken their toll--and the doctor tells Johnny he may have to give up boxing because he hand may not hold up. So, instead of dealing with it, Johnny spends most of the movie sulking and acting like a jerk. He never is consistent as a character and you wonder why ANYONE wants to be around him. Because of this, Rick (Dick Powell) thinks perhaps he should make a play for Pat-- after all, he's secretly had a crush on her for some time. What will happen with 'the big fight'?

The film was only okay. On the plus side, the boxing sequences were good but the characters were bland and often contradictory (especially Johnny). But he ending...YUCK!!! It made zero sense and Rick's reaction AFTER Johnny belts him is just ultra-bizarre. The film is poorly written and there are TONS of other boxing films that are significantly better than this one. In fact, MOST boxing films are significantly better than this one!


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