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Killer McCoy

Post by Bruce R on Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:06 pm

Mickey Rooney does a fine job in one of his first "adult" roles (after retiring Andy Hardy) in the 1947 drama KILLER McCOY.  The film also stars Brian Donlevy, Ann Blyth, James Dunn, Micky Knox, Sam Levene and Tom Tully.

Rooney plays Tommy McCoy, a dancer who performs in a going-nowhere nightclub act with his alcoholic father, Brian (James Dunn). Johnny Martin (Mickey Knox), a lightweight boxing champ who is headlining the show that Tommy and his Dad are currently working, admires Tommy's footwork and tells him that he might have a future in the ring. To Rooney's credit it appears it's actually him working the speed bag and doing some very fine jump rope work.

Tommy gives the fight game a try, and he soon proves he's got the goods as a slugger. Before long, Tommy is fighting Johnny for the lightweight title.  Can he put aside friendship for a needed advancement for his career?

It's rated 6.8 on IMDb and I think that's fair.

TCM sells a commercial copy, but I recorded mine off TCM some time ago.

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