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Duke of Chicago (1949)

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61 min | Drama

Retired middleweight champ Jimmy Brody has quit the ring for his socialite fiancée, Helen Cunningham, and gone into the book publishing business with her father, Chester. Helen goes on a world cruise and Chester informs Jimmy that they ...See moreRetired middleweight champ Jimmy Brody has quit the ring for his socialite fiancée, Helen Cunningham, and gone into the book publishing business with her father, Chester. Helen goes on a world cruise and Chester informs Jimmy that they must have money in order to avoid bankruptcy. So, to raise money and believing the world-cruising Helen will not hear about it, Jimmy arranges with his old manager, Gus Weller, to see promoter Tex Harmon about a match with the current titleholder, "Killer" Bronski. Big-shot gambler Tony Russo agrees to underwrite the challenger's cut and to take care of the publicity. Tony hires a fast-talking press agent, Terry Shea, to build Jimmy up as the favorite, with the intention of cashing in on what he believes will be Bronski's certain victory. The reason that Tony believes this is because he has dropped several pointed hints to Jimmy that Jimmy will stay healthy after the fight only if he emerges the loser. Jane Cunningham, Chester's younger daughter, suspects something is up and enlists the aid of her fellow reporter, "Ace" Martin. They pay a call on Tony and "Ace" threatens to blast him in the press. But before he can, Tony has him blasted in the alley. The police secretly assign a member of the homicide detail, Kroner, to keep a close watch on Tony.Helen hears about the fight via ship-to-shore and sends Jimmy a wire breaking their engagement. Jimmy has already accepted his end of the money and used it to bail out the business of his future father-in-law. Jimmy wins the fight, but gets hammered a bit doing so and has to go to the hospital. And Tony sends a henchman to the hospital to deliver a message to Jimmy. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Falkland L. Cary (novel "The Duke Comes Back") (as Lucian Cary) | Albert DeMond (screenplay)
Cinematographer
John MacBurnie (photographed by)
Editor
Cliff Bell Sr. (as Cliff Bell)
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Updated Mar 15, 1949

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Mar 15, 1949 (United States)

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27 cast members
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Tom Brown
Jimmy Brody Jimmy Brody   See fewer
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Audrey Long
Jane Cunningham Jane Cunningham   See fewer
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Grant Withers
Tony Russo Tony Russo   See fewer
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Paul Harvey
Chester Cunningham Chester Cunningham   See fewer
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Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Gus Weller (as Skeets Gallagher) Gus Weller (as Skeets Gallagher)   See fewer
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Lois Hall
Helen Cunningham Helen Cunningham   See fewer
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Matt McHugh
Terry Shea Terry Shea   See fewer
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Joseph Crehan
'Tex' Harman 'Tex' Harman   See fewer
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Harvey Parry
Steve 'Killer' Bronski Steve 'Killer' Bronski   See fewer
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DeForest Kelley
'Ace' Martin 'Ace' Martin   See fewer
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Frankie Van
Referee Referee   See fewer
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Dan Tobey
Fight Announcer Fight Announcer   See fewer
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Sam Bernard
Benson (uncredited) Benson (uncredited)   See fewer
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James J. Casino
Hawley (uncredited) Hawley (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tristram Coffin
Dr. Kendall (uncredited) Dr. Kendall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Daley
Fight Doctor (uncredited) Fight Doctor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Estelle Etterre
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Ferro
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joan Gladding
Betty Matthews (uncredited) Betty Matthews (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mike Lally
Timekeeper (uncredited) Timekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
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Teddy Mangean
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harold Miller
Headwaiter (uncredited) Headwaiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Snyder
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Charles Sullivan
Crowley (uncredited) Crowley (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.9 / 10 | 9 votes