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Killer McCoy (1947)

Approved | | Drama | December 1947 (USA)
Following a mishap in the ring, hard-nosed lightweight Tommy "Killer" McCoy gets mixed-up with a big-time gambler and falls for his educated daughter, Sheila, against her father's better wishes.


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Cast overview:
Mickey Rooney ... Tommy McCoy / Killer McCoy
Brian Donlevy ... Jim Caighn
Ann Blyth ... Sheila Carrson
James Dunn ... Brian McCoy
Tom Tully ... Cecil Y. Walsh
Sam Levene ... Happy
Walter Sande ... Bill Thorne
Mickey Knox ... Johnny Martin
James Bell ... Father Patrick Ryan
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Laura McCoy
Eve March ... Mrs. Martin
June Storey ... Arlene - Waitress
Douglas Croft ... Danny Burns, Newsboy
Bob Steele ... Sailor Graves
David Clarke ... Pete Mariola


Following a mishap in the ring, hard-nosed lightweight Tommy "Killer" McCoy gets mixed-up with a big-time gambler and falls for his educated daughter, Sheila, against her father's better wishes.

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December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Punhos de Ouro See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


His role as the newsboy would be the final film for juvenile actor Douglas Croft. See more »


In the seventh round of his fight against Patsy Cigones (Larry Cisneros), Tommy McCoy (Mickey Rooney) is actually held up by the referee to prevent him from falling after he takes a strong hit from his opponent. See more »


Referenced in Super Tramp (1989) See more »

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I want Mickey! I want more Mickey!! We miss you dearly Mickey!!!
22 September 2017 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

What an actor Mickey Rooney was and he will always be immortalized over eight (8) decades as a bona' fide star of the silver screen. He was born to star in feature films and this he did with great gusto as Killer McCoy/Tommy McCoy. Tommy McCoy is a street fighter who accidentally kills one of his opponents in the ring who happened to be a boxer named Johnny Martin (Mickey Knox) who used to be a close friend of Tommy's while Tommy was learning how to box professionally. Due to coming on hard times, and past his boxing prime years, Johnny Martin climbed back in to the ring for the purse money that he needed for his wife and new child.

The end result is that Tommy immediately builds himself a big reputation in the ring and his new handle as "Killer McCoy". Tommy finds a beautiful young girl is one of his many admirers whose name is Sheila Carrson (Ann Blyth) but theirs is a relationship not meant to be since Sheila's father hides many secrets from her daughter. The biggest secret is that Mr. Carrson has an alias name of Jim Caighn (Brian Donlevy) which he uses to run the biggest gambling racket in the state. As the film progresses it seems everyone is hiding secrets from each other including Tommy, his girlfriend Sheila, Sheila's father Mr. Carrson and Tommy's father a drunkard named Brian McCoy (James Dunn).

Tommy continues to do well in the ring and his love for Sheila never falters but he needs to find a way to tell Sheila's mobster father who expects much more from the future husband for his precious only daughter and heir than a boxing thug like Tommy. As in almost every film of the 336 credits Mickey has accumulated over his illustrious career Mickey (in this case playing a pugilist named Killer McCoy) must overcome the messes that his drunkard father gets him involved in and find a way to win over his girlfriends father.

A happy ending prevails once again and Mickey's light continues to shine bright. Rest in peace Mickey (Mickey passed away at age 93 on April 06th, 2014). We miss you but you live on in many great performances such as in Killer McCoy. I give the film a grateful 8 out of 10 rating.

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