Killer Mccoy

  • 1947
  • 1 HR 44 MIN
  • NR
  • Sports

In his first adult role, Mickey Rooney switches from singing and dancing to bobbing and weaving as Tommy McCoy, a hoofer-turned-prizefighter. Lightweight champion Johnny Martin (Mickey Knox), who headlines the show Tommy performs in with his alcoholic father (James Dunn), suggests that the kid give his fancy footwork a try in the ring, and in no time Tommy...read more

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In his first adult role, Mickey Rooney switches from singing and dancing to bobbing and weaving as Tommy McCoy, a hoofer-turned-prizefighter. Lightweight champion Johnny Martin (Mickey Knox), who headlines the show Tommy performs in with his alcoholic father (James Dunn), suggests that

the kid give his fancy footwork a try in the ring, and in no time Tommy faces Martin for the championship, a brutal battle that results in the champ's death and confirms Tommy's all-too-appropriate nickname, "Killer." Distraught, Tommy falls under the influence of Jim Caighn (Brian Donlevy), a

reprehensible gambler, but his daughter (Ann Blyth) falls for the confused fighter and rescues him from the tangled web of boxing. Though a bit overly melodramatic, this loose remake of the 1938 Robert Taylor film THE CROWD ROARS contains some fine performances from Rooney, Donlevy, and Dunn.

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