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Body and Soul (1947)

A talented boxer's young career hits difficult terrain when an unethical promoter takes interest in him.

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Charley Davis wins an amateur boxing match and is taken on by promoter Quinn. Charley's mother doesn't want him to fight, but when Charley's father is accidentally killed, Charley sets up a fight for money. His career blooms as he wins fight after fight, but soon an unethical promoter named Roberts begins to show an interest in Charley, and Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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30 September 1948 (Argentina)  »

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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 11, 1949 with John Garfield and William Conrad reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

In the first dressing room scene, there's a close-up of Quinn leaning against the wall. In the very next shot, he's standing a few feet in front of the wall, then backs up and leans against it again. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Davis: I don't want any handouts. Do you think I like waiting around for the whole world to make up its mind what to do with me? My mother don't understand.
Peg Born: What is it you want to do?
Charlie Davis: There's only one thing I know how to do. Fight.
Peg Born: Well if you want to fight, fight.
Charlie Davis: And it's all right with you?
Peg Born: Anything you want is all right with me. I love you, Charlie.
Charlie Davis: [makes a fist] It'll be quick.
Peg Born: Tiger, tiger.
Charlie Davis: Yeah, that's right. I got claws. But not for you Peg. Not for you.
[kisses her]
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Referenced in The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Am I Blue?
Composed by Harry Akst and Grant Clarke
Performed by Hazel Brooks
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A great showcase for Canada Lee
22 December 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

One especially noteworthy aspect of this movie is the character of Ben Chaplin, played by the criminally underappreciated African American actor Canada Lee. A trademark of Lee's few but memorable screen roles is how his characters transcend the racial stereotypes of the day (see also his role in "Lifeboat"). Where Chaplin is black, his race is never mentioned, and is never even made an issue. There's no assumption of deferrence to the white characters. He is treated as an equal, which, especially for 1947, is an amazing breakthrough.

The other strengths of the movie, particularly Garfield's performance and James Wong Howe's cinematography, have been duly mentioned in other posts.


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