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Killer McCoy (1947)

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In one of his first "adult" roles (he made his last Andy Hardy vehicle only a year earlier), Mickey 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. 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, and after a hard-fought match, Tommy wins -- and Johnny dies. Now dubbed "Killer" McCoy by the press and boxing fans, a distraught Tommy allows his career to be taken over by Jim Caighn (Brian Donlevy), an unscrupulous manager with a gambling problem. Jim drags Tommy through the dirtiest and most dishonest levels of the fight game, but Jim's daughter Sheila (Ann Blyth) sees Tommy's decent side and tries to rescue him. Killer McCoy was a remake of the 1938 Robert Taylor vehicle The Crowd Roars.

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