The Set-Up (1949 film)
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The Set-Up is a 1949 film noir about an aging boxer who always loses. Without telling him, his corrupt manager takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure a pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match.
- Directed by Robert Wise. Written by Art Cohn, based on a 1928 narrative poem written by Joseph Moncure March.
I Want a Man... Not a Human Punching Bag! (taglines)
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Bill "Stoker" Thompson
- Well, that's the way it is. You're a fighter, you gotta fight.
- Stoker: Yeah, top spot. And I'm just one punch away.
- Julie: I remember the first time you told me that. You were just one punch away from the title shot then. Don't you see, Bill, you'll always be just one punch away.
- Red: I tell you, Tiny, you gotta let him in on it.
- Tiny: How many times I gotta say it? There's no percentage in smartenin' up a chump.
- I Want a Man... Not a Human Punching Bag!
- The Sensational Picture You've Been Hearing and Reading About!
- Robert Ryan - Bill "Stoker" Thompson
- Audrey Totter - Julie Thompson
- George Tobias - Tiny
- Alan Baxter - Little Boy
- Wallace Ford - Gus
- Percy Helton - Red
- Hal Fieberling - "Tiger" Nelson
- Darryl Hickman - Shanley
- Kenny O'Morrison - Moore
- James Edwards - Luther Hawkins
- David Clarke - "Gunboat" Johnson
- Phillip Pine - Tony Souza