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The Contender (1944)

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63 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Widower Gary Farrell can't afford, on his $45-weekly salary as a truck driver, to send his young son, Mickey, to a high-priced military school and decides to enter heavyweight-boxing tournament in an effort to win the $500 prize money. He ...See moreWidower Gary Farrell can't afford, on his $45-weekly salary as a truck driver, to send his young son, Mickey, to a high-priced military school and decides to enter heavyweight-boxing tournament in an effort to win the $500 prize money. He wins and turns to boxing as a career and, in a short while, and under the guidance of "Pop" Turner, becomes a Contender for the Heavyweight title. Newspaper reporter Linda Martin is attracted to Farrell but he is paying more attention to the flashy Rita Langdon, who introduces him to night clubs, late hours, drinking, roistering and other attractions and distractions. Ignoring the warnings posted by Linda, Pop, Mickey and Biff Benham, his old cab-partner in the truck-driving business, Farrell continues to abuse all the training rules but still wins bout after bout. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
George Wallace Sayre (story) (as George Sayre) (screenplay) (as George Sayre) | Jay Doten (story) (screenplay) | Raymond L. Schrock (screenplay) (as Raymond Schrock)
Cinematographer
Robert E. Cline (as Robert Cline)
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Edit Released
Updated May 10, 1944

Release date
May 10, 1944 (United States)

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26 cast members
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Buster Crabbe
Gary Farrel Gary Farrel   See fewer
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Arline Judge
Linda Martin Linda Martin   See fewer
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Julie Gibson
Rita Langdon Rita Langdon   See fewer
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Donald Mayo
Mickey Farrel Mickey Farrel   See fewer
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Glenn Strange
Biff Benham Biff Benham   See fewer
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Milton Kibbee
'Pop' Turner 'Pop' Turner   See fewer
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Roland Drew
Kip Morgan Kip Morgan   See fewer
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Sam Flint
Maj. Palmer Maj. Palmer   See fewer
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George Turner
Sparky Callahan Sparky Callahan   See fewer
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Duke York
'Bomber' Brown 'Bomber' Brown   See fewer
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Jimmy Aubrey
Dance Club Drunk Dance Club Drunk   See fewer
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Jack Bailey
2nd Fight Ring Announcer (uncredited) 2nd Fight Ring Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Cason
The Koko Kid (uncredited) The Koko Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Dime
Stoker Currie (uncredited) Stoker Currie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kit Guard
Brown's Second (uncredited) Brown's Second (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Hendricks
Trainer (uncredited) Trainer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Ingram
2nd Reporter (uncredited) 2nd Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Donald Kerr
1st Reporter (uncredited) 1st Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Buddy Murr
School Boy (uncredited) School Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joel Newfield
School Boy (uncredited) School Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alfred Purcell
School Boy (uncredited) School Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Raymond
Bomber's Heckler in Club (uncredited) Bomber's Heckler in Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Roper
Fighter (uncredited) Fighter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gene Roth
1st Fight Ring Announcer (uncredited) 1st Fight Ring Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wally West
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chris Wren
School Boy (uncredited) School Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.6 / 10 | 68 votes