Killer McCoy (1947)

102-03 mins | Drama | December 1947

Director:

Roy Rowland

Producer:

Sam Zimbalist

Cinematographer:

Joseph Ruttenberg

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Writers Thomas Lennon, George Bruce and George Oppenheimer were the authors of the story screenplay for The Crowd Roars , the 1938 M-G-M film on which this picture is based. The Crowd Roars was directed by Richard Thorpe and starred Robert Taylor and Edward Arnold (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0893). Boxer Jack Roper, who is listed as a "Fighter" in the CBCS, played himself in the 1938 film. Although HR production charts through Jun 1947 list Elizabeth Taylor as the female lead, she was replaced by Ann Blyth. A Jul 1947 HR news item noted that assistant director Dolph Zimmer suffered a heart attack during production of the ... More Less

Writers Thomas Lennon, George Bruce and George Oppenheimer were the authors of the story screenplay for The Crowd Roars , the 1938 M-G-M film on which this picture is based. The Crowd Roars was directed by Richard Thorpe and starred Robert Taylor and Edward Arnold (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0893). Boxer Jack Roper, who is listed as a "Fighter" in the CBCS, played himself in the 1938 film. Although HR production charts through Jun 1947 list Elizabeth Taylor as the female lead, she was replaced by Ann Blyth. A Jul 1947 HR news item noted that assistant director Dolph Zimmer suffered a heart attack during production of the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Nov 1947.
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Film Daily
28 Oct 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 47
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 47
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 47
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 47
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Oct 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Feb 48
p. 6.
Independent Film Journal
21 Jun 47
p. 34.
New York Times
12 Feb 48
p. 31.
Variety
29 Oct 47
p. 15.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
David Gorcey
Dick Wessell
Bill O'Leary
Drew Demarest
Albert Pallette
Billy Newell
Tiny Kelly
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Based on a story and scr by
Based on a story and scr by
Based on story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
DANCE
"Swanee River" number [choreographed] by
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Prod mgr
STAND INS
Mickey Rooney's fight double
SOURCES
SONGS
"Old Folks at Home," music and lyrics by Stephen Foster.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1947
Production Date:
early June--late July 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 October 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1284
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
102-03
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12648
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Tommy McCoy, a quick-fisted, tough New York City youth, sells newspapers and wages bets in pool halls to help support his parents. Tommy's father Brian, an unemployed vaudevillian, believes his career in show business is finished until he is asked by Father Ryan to perform at the neighborhood association's boxing match. Though offered only ten dollars for his performance, Brian gladly accepts the invitation, and asks Tommy to perform a song-and-dance routine with him. At the event, Tommy enters the boxing ring, challenges champion fighter Danny Burns and wins the fight in a knockout. Tommy's boxing prowess impresses lightweight champion Johnny Martin, who invites him to learn more about fighting by joining his traveling boxing tournament as an entertainer. Tommy and Brian become successful on the road, but their joy is dampened when Brian receives word that his wife has died. Tommy and Brian continue to perform in Johnny's traveling show, and their association with Johnny continues until the champion fighter retires from the boxing ring. Tommy takes over for Johnny in the ring and becomes an instant sensation, scoring one victory after another. Meanwhile, Brian, who has been drinking heavily and squandering his and Tommy's money, amasses a large gambling debt. One day, Tommy learns that he is set to fight Johnny, who is attempting a comeback, and refuses to fight him. However, Tommy is compelled to accept the challenge to make enough money to pay his father's $600 gambling debt to Jim Caighn. In the ring, Tommy takes it easy on Johnny, but the former champion, out of practice, is killed by a light punch. Tommy is devastated by ... +


Tommy McCoy, a quick-fisted, tough New York City youth, sells newspapers and wages bets in pool halls to help support his parents. Tommy's father Brian, an unemployed vaudevillian, believes his career in show business is finished until he is asked by Father Ryan to perform at the neighborhood association's boxing match. Though offered only ten dollars for his performance, Brian gladly accepts the invitation, and asks Tommy to perform a song-and-dance routine with him. At the event, Tommy enters the boxing ring, challenges champion fighter Danny Burns and wins the fight in a knockout. Tommy's boxing prowess impresses lightweight champion Johnny Martin, who invites him to learn more about fighting by joining his traveling boxing tournament as an entertainer. Tommy and Brian become successful on the road, but their joy is dampened when Brian receives word that his wife has died. Tommy and Brian continue to perform in Johnny's traveling show, and their association with Johnny continues until the champion fighter retires from the boxing ring. Tommy takes over for Johnny in the ring and becomes an instant sensation, scoring one victory after another. Meanwhile, Brian, who has been drinking heavily and squandering his and Tommy's money, amasses a large gambling debt. One day, Tommy learns that he is set to fight Johnny, who is attempting a comeback, and refuses to fight him. However, Tommy is compelled to accept the challenge to make enough money to pay his father's $600 gambling debt to Jim Caighn. In the ring, Tommy takes it easy on Johnny, but the former champion, out of practice, is killed by a light punch. Tommy is devastated by the accidental death and decides to quit boxing. He is forced to continue, however, when he learns that his father has sold his contract to Caighn. Determined to make enough money to buy back his contract, Tommy agrees to fix his fights to help the gambler bankrupt his rivals. Tommy and Caighn profit handsomely from the scheme, but when a romance flourishes between Tommy and Caighn's daughter Sheila, Caighn warns the fighter to stay away from her. On the eve of Tommy's big fight against Patsy Cigones, Brian in a drunken stupor, tells Caighn's rivals that Caighn has been secretly managing Tommy's career and that all of Tommy's fights are rigged. Having bet heavily on Tommy's opponent, Caighn's rivals kidnap Sheila, hold her and Brian hostage and threaten them with harm unless Tommy takes a fall in the eighth round. As the fight approaches the eighth round, Brian overpowers his captors and sends Sheila to the boxing arena to prevent Tommy from taking his fall. Though Brian is killed by his captors, Sheila arrives at the arena in the middle of the eighth round, and her presence inspires Tommy to defeat his opponent with a knockout punch. After the fight, Caighn promises to reform and gives Tommy and Sheila his blessing to resume their romance. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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