The Crowd Roars

  • 1938
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Sports

This typical 1930s fight film is distinguished by a good script, sharp direction from Richard Thorpe, and a strong starring performance by Robert Taylor as Tommy McCoy, a young boxer who gets to the top of the fight game partly due to the efforts of his alcoholic father (Frank Morgan). Tommy's nickname, "Killer," proves to be an omen when he inadvertently...read more

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This typical 1930s fight film is distinguished by a good script, sharp direction from Richard Thorpe, and a strong starring performance by Robert Taylor as Tommy McCoy, a young boxer who gets to the top of the fight game partly due to the efforts of his alcoholic father (Frank Morgan).

Tommy's nickname, "Killer," proves to be an omen when he inadvertently kills an opponent and is charged with manslaughter. Jim Cain (Edward Arnold), a crooked bookmaker, has Tommy just where he wants him, but the bookie's beautiful daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan), who thinks Dad is on the up and up,

is in love with the fighter. Plot complications arise, including a kidnaping, a clever escape, and the usual fight that is supposed to be thrown but isn't. Taylor made one of moviedom's most convincing boxers, due in large part to the serious training for the role he underwent with his friend

boxer-actor Max Baer, Sr. According to studio publicity, Taylor, who had been working out for several years when he started at MGM, added six inches to his chest and almost three inches to his biceps. He and Baer trained so furiously for the role that Baer broke two fingers and Taylor one while

using lightweight gloves. Remade in 1947 as KILLER MCCOY.

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