Right Cross (1950)
MGM, Blacn & White
Runtime : 90 mn
Release date : November 15, 1950.
Director : John Sturges
Producer : Armand Deutsch
Screenplay : Charles Schnee
Director of photography : Norbert Brodine
Music : David Raskin.
June Allyson - Pat O'Malley
Dick Powell - Rick Garvey
Ricardo Montalban - Johnny Monterez
Lionel Barrymore - Sean O'Malley
Barry Kelley - Allan Goff
Teresa Celli - Marina Monterez
Mimi Aguglia - Mom Monterez
Marianne Stewart - Audrey
John Gallaudet - Phil Tripp
Wally Maher - first reporter
Larry Keating - second reporter
Kenneth Tobey - third reporter
Bert Davidson - fourth reporter
Marilyn Monroe - Dusky Ledoux (uncredited).
Cedric Gibbons - art director
James Scognamillo - art director.
Ricardo Montalban embodied the professional boxing champion Johnny Monterez, victim of discrimination because of his Mexican origins.
For love for his coach's daughter, Pat (June Allyson), Johnny refuses an important fight organized by Allan Goff (Barry Kelley).
The sports reporter Rick Gavery (Dick Powell) is Johnny's best friend; he takes to drink and to women when he realizes that the woman of his life is in love with the boxer not with the scribbler. Coming on the scene of Marilyn, who takes part in the party in town.Fearing that his boxer career would be ruined because of an injury of his right hand, Johnny realizes that the best way to take care of Pat and her father, O'Malley (Lionel Barrymore), is to accept Goff's fight and to hit the jackpot. Unfortunately, learning his betrayal, the old O'Malley dies of a heart attack.
Then Johnny gives his last fight for O'Malley... and looses it. Back in the locker-room, he fights with Rick and deals such a blow to him that he irreparably damages his right hand.
As Johnny seems to have lost everything, Pat realized that he has done all those things for her, and Rick shows that he's not vindictive.