The Set-Up - There are many great noir boxing movies. Garfield in "Body and Soul". Douglas in the "Champion", but even they can't top Robert Ryan's performance in this one. Not merely a great noir or a great boxing movie, just a great movie, period. Ryan was an inter-collegiate heavyweight boxing champion at Dartmouth. The film is done in real-time. Not easy, but realized to perfection here. Directed by Robert Wise in 1949.
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