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Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Champion”

(Republic Pictures Video, 1949/2001. Black & White. Not Rated. 100 Minutes.) Directed by Mark Robson. Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman.


Dynamite Douglas, in his prime as boxer Midge Kelly, stars in one of the best fight films ever! Kennedy is his crippled brother, (blonde) Maxwell and (brunette) Roman two of the gals he uses and loses, Stewart a fight manager who gives the untried kid a chance…but the more sucessful he becomes in the boxing ring, the worse he treats the ones who love him. Good work from the supporting cast, particularly the sultry Maxwell. Music by Dmitri Tiomkin. Film was restored in the mid-90s for VHS release…well worth a look (in black and white!).