Champ for a Day (1953)

08/15/1953 (US) CrimeComedyDrama 1h 30m
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An up-and-coming heavyweight fighter, George Wilson, arrives in Vulcan City, a small mid-western town over-run by racketeers, to fight a heavily-favored Frankie Sebastian. George arrives but his manager Dolan is nowhere to be found. But Ma and Pa Karlsen, owners of Karlsen's Kozy Kottages motel and restaurant take him under their wing. He meets Miss Gormley who is also there to meet the no-show manager who is blackmailing her brother. Dolan still hasn't arrived by the date of the fight but, to the surprise of sports-promoters Tom Healy and Dominic Guido, George shows up and wins the fight. This wins him the friendship of trainer Al Muntz and the enmity of Willie Foltis, a punchy ex-fighter and a Healy henchman. This leads George to a fight with "Soldier" Freeman, whose manager Scotty Cameron has made arrangements for the favored-Freeman to take a dive, so he and Healy and Guido can clean up betting on the underdog. But Honest George has other plans.

  1. William A. Seiter


  2. Irving Shulman


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  1. Alex Nicol

    Alex Nicol

    George Wilson

  2. Audrey Totter

    Audrey Totter

    Miss Peggy Gormley

  3. Charles Winninger

    Charles Winninger

    Pa Karlsen

  4. Hope Emerson

    Hope Emerson

    Ma Karlsen

  5. Joseph Wiseman

    Joseph Wiseman

    Dominic Guido

  6. Barry Kelley

    Barry Kelley

    Tom Healy

  7. Harry Morgan

    Harry Morgan

    Al Muntz

  8. Jesse White

    Jesse White

    Willie Foltis

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Champ for a Day

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Original Language English

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