Whiplash (1948)

89 or 91 mins | Drama | 1948

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Dec 1948.
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Daily Variety
21 Dec 48
p. 4.
Film Daily
24 Dec 48
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 47
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 47
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Dec 48
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Dec 48
pp. 4433-34.
New York Times
27 Dec 48
p. 16.
Variety
22 Dec 48
p. 6.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Harvey Perry
Jim O'Gatty
Wally Scott
Sam Shack
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
From a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Just for Now," music and lyrics by Dick Redmond
"The Girl with the Spanish Drawl," music and Spanish lyrics by John A. Camacho and Fausto Curbelo, English lyrics by Mack David.
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 27 December 1948
Production Date:
mid March--23 May 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 January 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2089
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89 or 91
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the match for the middleweight boxing championship, Michael Gordon reflects on his recent past as a painter living near San Francisco: A short time earlier, in Mike's hometown, Sam, the owner of a café, sells one of Mike's paintings to a woman named Laurie Rogers. Mike is furious, believing that his painting is worth nothing, and rushes to Laurie's hotel, intending to demand that she return the painting, but her sensitive interpretation of the work convinces him to let her keep it. Mike then asks the attractive Laurie to dinner. By the end of the evening, he has fallen in love with her, but the next day, she checks out of her hotel without leaving a forwarding address. The only clue Mike has to her whereabouts is the name of New York City physician Dr. Arnold Vincent, to whom she has mailed the painting. Sam encourages Mike to go to New York and look for Laurie. There, Mike tries to contact Vincent, who continually refuses to speak to him. One day, Mike's neighbor, Chris Sherwood, invites him to accompany her to the Pelican Club. To Mike's surprise, Laurie is singing there, but when he follows her backstage after her number, she begs him to leave her alone. Later he learns that Laurie is married to Rex Durant, the crippled owner of the club, who had been a boxer before he was injured. Durant is looking for a fighter to train to win the championship, and having seen Mike knock out one of his bodyguards, offers to work with him. At first, Mike turns down the offer, but ... +


During the match for the middleweight boxing championship, Michael Gordon reflects on his recent past as a painter living near San Francisco: A short time earlier, in Mike's hometown, Sam, the owner of a café, sells one of Mike's paintings to a woman named Laurie Rogers. Mike is furious, believing that his painting is worth nothing, and rushes to Laurie's hotel, intending to demand that she return the painting, but her sensitive interpretation of the work convinces him to let her keep it. Mike then asks the attractive Laurie to dinner. By the end of the evening, he has fallen in love with her, but the next day, she checks out of her hotel without leaving a forwarding address. The only clue Mike has to her whereabouts is the name of New York City physician Dr. Arnold Vincent, to whom she has mailed the painting. Sam encourages Mike to go to New York and look for Laurie. There, Mike tries to contact Vincent, who continually refuses to speak to him. One day, Mike's neighbor, Chris Sherwood, invites him to accompany her to the Pelican Club. To Mike's surprise, Laurie is singing there, but when he follows her backstage after her number, she begs him to leave her alone. Later he learns that Laurie is married to Rex Durant, the crippled owner of the club, who had been a boxer before he was injured. Durant is looking for a fighter to train to win the championship, and having seen Mike knock out one of his bodyguards, offers to work with him. At first, Mike turns down the offer, but then accepts it to spite Laurie. When Mike arrives at the gym for his first day of training, he learns that Vincent is the resident doctor and Laurie's brother. Vincent performed a tricky operation on Durant's legs after an auto accident, and Durant now blames him for his inability to walk. Mike takes the name "Mike Angelo" in honor of the Renaissance painter, Michelangelo, and his interest in painting is played up for publicity. When Durant discovers Mike's portrait of Laurie in his apartment, Laurie is forced to admit that she loves Mike. Later, Vincent contemplates killing Durant because he realizes that Laurie has stayed with her husband to prevent him from charging Vincent with malpractice. When Mike learns about Durant's hold on Laurie, he refuses to fight for him, but Durant vows that he will hold Mike to his contract. A struggle breaks out between Mike and Costello, one of Durant's men, and Mike suffers a concussion. When Vincent informs Durant that another fight could mean Mike's death, Durant offers to let Laurie go if he wins the championship. Durant holds Vincent prisoner to prevent his stopping the fight. Mike is badly beaten during the fight, but succeeds in knocking out his opponent before collapsing. An escaped Vincent rushes Mike to the hospital for emergency brain surgery, then threatens to show boxing officials X-ray plates that will prove Durant sent Mike into the ring to be killed. Costello shoots Vincent, and in the ensuing confusion, Durant's wheelchair slips into traffic and he is killed. Mike recovers from his surgery and returns to California and painting. Later, Laurie joins him there, and they are reunited. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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