The Guy Who Came Back

  • 1951
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Sports

Disheartened because his playing days appear to be over, pro football player Harry Joplin (Paul Douglas) begins losing touch with his long-suffering wife, Kath (Joan Bennett), and has an affair with a model (Linda Darnell). After giving wrestling a try, Harry gets his come-back shot, but even though the pro ranks have been depleted by the war effort, he...read more

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Disheartened because his playing days appear to be over, pro football player Harry Joplin (Paul Douglas) begins losing touch with his long-suffering wife, Kath (Joan Bennett), and has an affair with a model (Linda Darnell). After giving wrestling a try, Harry gets his come-back shot, but

even though the pro ranks have been depleted by the war effort, he still doesn't have what it takes--and now he knows it. By the finale, Harry has had one more moment in the sun and taken a coaching job, while the model has realized that Harry belongs with Kath. Although its flashback structure is

a little confusing, this isn't a bad film, with strong performances from the leads, particularly Douglas, who essays the role of the overweight pipe dreamer with a mixture of melancholy and humor.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Disheartened because his playing days appear to be over, pro football player Harry Joplin (Paul Douglas) begins losing touch with his long-suffering wife, Kath (Joan Bennett), and has an affair with a model (Linda Darnell). After giving wrestling a try, Ha… (more)

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