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The painfully true story of welterweight boxing champion Barney Ross is detailed in Monkey on My Back. Cameron Mitchell stars as Ross, whose meteoric ring career is interrupted when he joins the Marines at the outset of WWII. A highly decorated hero, Ross contracts malaria oversees and is given morphine to assuage the pain. By the time he returns to the states, Ross is a confirmed drug addict. Before he can rise to the top again, he must hit rock bottom and his descent into the hell of narcotics dependency is graphically illustrated (so much so that the film was almost denied a Production Code seal). Though a cured Barney Ross served as technical advisor for Monkey on My Back, he ended up suing the producers for defamation of character -- and lost.

  1. Paul Dudley

    Screenplay

  2. Crane Wilbur

    Screenplay

  3. André De Toth

    Director

  4. Anthony Veiller

    Screenplay

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  1. Cameron Mitchell

    Cameron Mitchell

    Barney Ross

  2. Dianne Foster

    Dianne Foster

    Cathy Holland

  3. Paul Richards

    Paul Richards

    Rico, Drug Pusher (as Paul E. Richards)

  4. Jack Albertson

    Jack Albertson

    Sam Pian

  5. Kathy Garver

    Kathy Garver

    Noreen

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Monkey on My Back
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Status Released

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  • May 29, 1957
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 34m

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