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Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let down his best friend and manager Skeets Maguire, who has hopes of him becoming the next champion, he is reluctant to bring up the subject with him. Maisie convinces Terry to tell Skeets, whose unexpected reaction induces him to step into the ring again.Written by
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This film was first telecast in Chicago Tuesday 25 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Norfolk VA 5 August 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Los Angeles 15 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Honolulu 16 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 24 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 7 November 1957 on WNHC (Channel 18), in Phoenix 17 November 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Altoona PA 23 November 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), and in both San Francisco and Seattle 24 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and on KING (Channel 5). It finally found its way to New York City 1 November 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
Ann Sothern is delightful in her Maisie roles (and in virtually everything she did.) This is an especially charming entry in the series.
It has a few small problems that can be attributed to its time. The flouncy desk clerk is one, but prissy, effeminate desk clerks were a staple of movies for a couple decades. (Alas.)
In a way, the notion that prize fighter Robert Sterling would rather die than continue his life as a blind person is dated, too. But this movie is generally good with disabilities. People are still terrified of blindness, though more is known about it now; and the character of Sterling's mother is in a wheelchair and not treated in at all a condescending fashion.
The idea that a smart, pretty, self-sufficient woman like Sothern's Maisie would chose the (to me) thoroughly unappealing George Murphy over the tender character played by the very handsome Robert Sterling is kind of laughable. And apparently the offscreen Sothern felt that way too, since she and Sterling were married two years after this picture's release.
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