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Excellent, original if somewhat overwrought morality tale about integrity set in the world of boxing. Filmed as a continuous narrative covering only 72 minutes in the life of aging fighter Stoker Thompson (Ryan). His manager (Tobias) takes a gangster's bribe for Thompson to throw the fight (without informing him), never believing the washed-up boxer has a chance to win. Powerful, with fine performances, especially from Ryan in the lead. Inspired by Joseph Moncure March's narrative poem.

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Cast and Crew

Boxing, Adapted from a Poem, Growing Older, Gangs, Film Noir
Art Cohn
Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, James Edwards, Wallace Ford
Milton Krasner
Robert Wise
Anglo-Amalgamated Film

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The Set-Up
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Inspired from a poem, The Set-Up released in 1949, with a run time of 72 minutes. Robert Ryan plays as Stoker, Audrey Totter plays as Julie and, George Tobias plays as Tiny. Worn out boxer Bill ‘Stoker’ Thompson believes he can still win a boxing match even though he hasn’t boxed in years. No one believes he can win but himself. Even his manager makes a bet because he truly believes Stoker will lose. Stoker is set up to take on Tiger Nelson. Will he lose or will he win?