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The Crowd Roars (1938)





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Not a remake of the 1932 James Cagney vehicle of the same name, The Crowd Roars is set in the sweat-stained world of professional boxing. Handy with his fists, young Tommy McCoy (Robert Taylor) is virtually pushed into the ring by his alcoholic father Brian (Frank Morgan). During his climb to the championship, Tommy accidentally kills one of his opponents in the ring, and is thereafter tagged "Killer McCoy". He then falls in with crooked gambling czar Jim Cain (Edward Arnold), who uses various methods of persuasion to get Tommy to do his bidding. Though the film at first seems to holding the fickle fight fans responsible for the cesspool that professional boxing had become by 1938, the blame is ultimately laid squarely on the shoulders of men like Jim Cain. The Crowd Roars was remade by Mickey Rooney as Killer McCoy (1947).


Robert Taylor
as Thomas 'Tommy' / 'Killer' McCoy
Edward Arnold
as Jim Cain, aka James W. Carson
Frank Morgan
as Brian McCoy
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Sheila 'Shelia' Carson
William Gargan
as Johnny Martin
Lionel Stander
as `Happy' Lane
Jane Wyman
as Vivian
Nat Pendleton
as `Pug' Walsh
Charles D. Brown
as Bill Thorne
Gene Reynolds
as Tommy McCoy as a boy
Don 'Red' Barry
as Pete Mariola
Isabel Jewell
as Mrs. Martin
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The Crowd Roars could have been great drama -- real and compelling. As it is, the picture is a rousing little opus with two or three outstanding portrayals and the usual incredible, off-key happy ending.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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